The College World Series (CWS) is an annual June baseball tournament held in Omaha, Nebraska. The CWS is the culmination of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Baseball Championship tournament—featuring 64 teams in the first round—which determines the NCAA Division I college baseball champion. The eight participating teams are split into two, four-team, double-elimination brackets, with the winners of each bracket playing in a best-of-three championship series.
|College World Series|
|Most recently played||2018|
|Current champions||Oregon State (3rd title)|
|Most titles||USC (12)|
Since 1950, the College World Series (CWS) has been held in Omaha, Nebraska. It was held at Rosenblatt Stadium from 1950 through 2010; starting in 2011, it has been held at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Earlier tournaments were held at Hyames Field in Kalamazoo, Michigan (1947–48), and Lawrence Stadium in Wichita, Kansas (1949). The name "College World Series" is derived from that of the Major League Baseball World Series championship; it is currently an MLB trademark licensed to the NCAA.
On June 10, 2009, the NCAA and College World Series of Omaha, Inc., which is the non-profit group that organizes the event, announced a new 25-year contract extension, keeping the CWS in Omaha through 2035. A memorandum of understanding had been reached by all parties on April 30.
|Year||Champion||Coach||Score||Runner-Up||Most Outstanding Player|
|1947||California||Clint Evans||17–8, 8–7||Yale|
|1948||Southern California||Sam Barry||3–1, 3–8, 9–2||Yale|
|1949||Texas||Bibb Falk||10–3||Wake Forest||Tom Hamilton, Texas|
|1950||Texas||Bibb Falk||3–0||Washington State||Ray VanCleef, Rutgers|
|1951||Oklahoma||Jack Baer||3–2||Tennessee||Sidney Hatfield, Tennessee|
|1952||Holy Cross||Jack Barry||8–4||Missouri||James O'Neill, Holy Cross|
|1953||Michigan||Ray Fisher||7–5||Texas||J.L. Smith, Texas|
|1954||Missouri||Hi Simmons||4–1||Rollins||Tom Yewcic, Michigan State|
|1955||Wake Forest||Taylor Sanford||7–6||Western Michigan||Tom Borland, Oklahoma A&M|
|1956||Minnesota||Dick Siebert||12–1||Arizona||Jerry Thomas, Minnesota|
|1957||California||George Wolfman||1–0||Penn State||Cal Emery, Penn State|
|1958||Southern California||Rod Dedeaux||8–7||Missouri||Bill Thom, Southern California|
|1959||Oklahoma State||Toby Greene||5–3||Arizona||Jim Dobson, Oklahoma State|
|1960||Minnesota||Dick Siebert||2–1||Southern California||John Erickson, Minnesota|
|1961||Southern California||Rod Dedeaux||1–0||Oklahoma State||Littleton Fowler, Oklahoma State|
|1962||Michigan||Don Lund||5–4||Santa Clara||Bob Garibaldi, Santa Clara|
|1963||Southern California||Rod Dedeaux||5–2||Arizona||Bud Hollowell, Southern California|
|1964||Minnesota||Dick Siebert||5–1||Missouri||Joe Ferris, Maine|
|1965||Arizona State||Bobby Winkles||2–1||Ohio State||Sal Bando, Arizona State|
|1966||Ohio State||Marty Karow||8–2||Oklahoma State||Steve Arlin, Ohio State|
|1967||Arizona State||Bobby Winkles||11–2||Houston||Ron Davini, Arizona State|
|1968||Southern California||Rod Dedeaux||4–3||Southern Illinois||Bill Seinsoth, Southern California|
|1969||Arizona State||Bobby Winkles||10–1||Tulsa||John Dolinsek, Arizona State|
|1970||Southern California||Rod Dedeaux||2–1||Florida State||Gene Ammann, Florida State|
|1971||Southern California||Rod Dedeaux||7–2||Southern Illinois||Jerry Tabb, Tulsa|
|1972||Southern California||Rod Dedeaux||1–0||Arizona State||Russ McQueen, Southern California|
|1973||Southern California||Rod Dedeaux||4–3||Arizona State||Dave Winfield, Minnesota|
|1974||Southern California||Rod Dedeaux||7–3||Miami (FL)||George Milke, Southern California|
|1975||Texas||Cliff Gustafson||5–1||South Carolina||Mickey Reichenbach, Texas|
|1976||Arizona||Jerry Kindall||7–1||Eastern Michigan||Steve Powers, Arizona|
|1977||Arizona State||Jim Brock||2–1||South Carolina||Bob Horner, Arizona State|
|1978||Southern California||Rod Dedeaux||10–3||Arizona State||Rod Boxberger, Southern California|
|1979||Cal State Fullerton||Augie Garrido||2–1||Arkansas||Tony Hudson, Cal State Fullerton|
|1980||Arizona||Jerry Kindall||5–3||Hawaii||Terry Francona, Arizona|
|1981||Arizona State||Jim Brock||7–4||Oklahoma State||Stan Holmes, Arizona State|
|1982||Miami (FL)||Ron Fraser||9–3||Wichita State||Dan Smith, Miami (FL)|
|1983||Texas||Cliff Gustafson||4–3||Alabama||Calvin Schiraldi, Texas|
|1984||Cal State Fullerton||Augie Garrido||3–1||Texas||John Fishel, Cal State Fullerton|
|1985||Miami (FL)||Ron Fraser||10–6||Texas||Greg Ellena, Miami (FL)|
|1986||Arizona||Jerry Kindall||10–2||Florida State||Mike Senne, Arizona|
|1987||Stanford||Mark Marquess||9–5||Oklahoma State||Paul Carey, Stanford|
|1988||Stanford||Mark Marquess||9–4||Arizona State||Lee Plemel, Stanford|
|1989||Wichita State||Gene Stephenson||5–3||Texas||Greg Brummett, Wichita State|
|1990||Georgia||Steve Webber||2–1||Oklahoma State||Mike Rebhan, Georgia|
|1991||LSU||Skip Bertman||6–3||Wichita State||Gary Hymel, LSU|
|1992||Pepperdine||Andy Lopez||3–2||Cal State Fullerton||Phil Nevin, Cal State Fullerton|
|1993||LSU||Skip Bertman||8–0||Wichita State||Todd Walker, LSU|
|1994||Oklahoma||Larry Cochell||13–5||Georgia Tech||Chip Glass, Oklahoma|
|1995||Cal State Fullerton||Augie Garrido||11–5||Southern California||Mark Kotsay, Cal State Fullerton|
|1996||LSU||Skip Bertman||9–8||Miami (FL)||Pat Burrell, Miami (FL)|
|1997||LSU||Skip Bertman||13–6||Alabama||Brandon Larson, LSU|
|1998||Southern California||Mike Gillespie||21–14||Arizona State||Wes Rachels, Southern California|
|1999||Miami (FL)||Jim Morris||6–5||Florida State||Marshall McDougall, Florida State|
|2000||LSU||Skip Bertman||6–5||Stanford||Trey Hodges, LSU|
|2001||Miami (FL)||Jim Morris||12–1||Stanford||Charlton Jimerson, Miami (FL)|
|2002||Texas||Augie Garrido||12–6||South Carolina||Huston Street, Texas|
|2003||Rice||Wayne Graham||4–310, 3–8, 14–2||Stanford||John Hudgins, Stanford|
|2004||Cal State Fullerton||George Horton||6–4, 3–2||Texas||Jason Windsor, Cal State Fullerton|
|2005||Texas||Augie Garrido||4–2, 6–2||Florida||David Maroul, Texas|
|2006||Oregon State||Pat Casey||3–4, 11–7, 3–2||North Carolina||Jonah Nickerson, Oregon State|
|2007||Oregon State||Pat Casey||11–4, 9–3||North Carolina||Jorge Luis Reyes, Oregon State|
|2008||Fresno State||Mike Batesole||6–7, 19–10, 6–1||Georgia||Tommy Mendonca, Fresno State|
|2009||LSU||Paul Mainieri||7–6, 1–5, 11–4||Texas||Jared Mitchell, LSU|
|2010||South Carolina||Ray Tanner||7–1, 2–111||UCLA||Jackie Bradley, Jr., South Carolina|
|2011||South Carolina||Ray Tanner||2–111, 5–2||Florida||Scott Wingo, South Carolina|
|2012||Arizona||Andy Lopez||5–1, 4–1||South Carolina||Rob Refsnyder, Arizona|
|2013||UCLA||John Savage||3–1, 8–0||Mississippi State||Adam Plutko, UCLA|
|2014||Vanderbilt||Tim Corbin||9–8, 2–7, 3–2||Virginia||Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt|
|2015||Virginia||Brian O'Connor||1–5, 3–0, 4–2||Vanderbilt||Josh Sborz, Virginia|
|2016||Coastal Carolina||Gary Gilmore||0–3, 5–4, 4–3||Arizona||Andrew Beckwith, Coastal Carolina|
|2017||Florida||Kevin O'Sullivan||4–3, 6–1||LSU||Alex Faedo, Florida|
|2018||Oregon State||Pat Casey||1–4, 5–3, 5–0||Arkansas||Adley Rutschman, Oregon State|
|Alabama||5||0||1950, 1983, 1996, 1997, 1999|
|Arizona||17||4||1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1986, 2004, 2012, 2016|
|Arizona State||22||5||1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010|
|Arkansas||9||0||1979, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2004, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018|
|Auburn||4||0||1967, 1976, 1994, 1997|
|Baylor||3||0||1977, 1978, 2005|
|Boston College||4||0||1953, 1960, 1961, 1967|
|California||6||2||1947, 1957, 1980, 1988, 1992, 2011|
|Cal State Fullerton||18||4||1975, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2015, 2017|
|Clemson||12||0||1958, 1959, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2010|
|Connecticut||5||0||1957, 1959, 1965, 1972, 1979|
|Duke||3||0||1952, 1953, 1961|
|Eastern Michigan||2||0||1975, 1976|
|Florida||12||1||1988, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018|
|Florida State||22||0||1957, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2017|
|Fresno State||4||1||1959, 1988, 1991, 2008|
|Georgia||6||1||1987, 1990, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008|
|Georgia Southern||2||0||1973, 1990|
|Georgia Tech||3||0||1994, 2002, 2006|
|Harvard||4||0||1968, 1971, 1973, 1974|
|Holy Cross||4||1||1952, 1958, 1962, 1963|
|Iowa State||2||0||1957, 1970|
|Lafayette||4||0||1953, 1954, 1958, 1965|
|Long Beach State||4||0||1989, 1991, 1993, 1998|
|Louisville||4||0||2007, 2013, 2014, 2017|
|LSU||18||6||1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2017|
|Maine||7||0||1964, 1976, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986|
|Miami (FL)||25||4||1974, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2015, 2016|
|Michigan||7||2||1953, 1962, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984|
|Minnesota||5||3||1956, 1960, 1964, 1973, 1977|
|Mississippi State||10||0||1971, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1990, 1997, 1998, 2007, 2013, 2018|
|Missouri||6||1||1952, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1964|
|Nebraska||3||0||2001, 2002, 2005|
|North Carolina||11||0||1960, 1966, 1978, 1989, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2018|
|NC State||2||0||1968, 2013|
|Northern Colorado[b]||10||0||1952, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1974|
|Notre Dame||2||0||1957, 2002|
|Ohio State||4||1||1951, 1965, 1966, 1967|
|Oklahoma||10||2||1951, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2010|
|Oklahoma State||20||1||1954, 1955, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2016|
|Ole Miss||5||0||1956, 1964, 1969, 1972, 2014|
|Oregon State||7||3||1952, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2017, 2018|
|Penn State||5||0||1952, 1957, 1959, 1963, 1973|
|Rice||7||1||1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008|
|St. John's (NY)||6||0||1949, 1960, 1966, 1968, 1978, 1980|
|San Jose State||1||0||2000|
|Seton Hall||4||0||1964, 1971, 1974, 1975|
|South Carolina||11||2||1975, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1985, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2012|
|Southern California||21||12||1948, 1949, 1951, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001|
|Southern Illinois||5||0||1968, 1969, 1971, 1974, 1977|
|Stanford||16||2||1953, 1967, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008|
|TCU||5||0||2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017|
|Tennessee||4||0||1951, 1995, 2001, 2005|
|Texas||36||6||1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2018|
|Texas A&M||6||0||1951, 1964, 1993, 1999, 2011, 2017|
|Texas Tech||3||0||2014, 2016, 2018|
|Texas–Rio Grande Valley[c]||1||0||1971|
|UC Irvine||2||0||2007, 2014|
|UCLA||5||1||1969, 1997, 2010, 2012, 2013|
|UC Santa Barbara||1||0||2016|
|Vanderbilt||3||1||2011, 2014, 2015|
|Virginia||4||1||2009, 2011, 2014, 2015|
|Wake Forest||2||1||1949, 1955|
|Washington State||4||0||1950, 1956, 1965, 1976|
|Western Michigan||6||0||1952, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1963|
|Wichita State||7||1||1982, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996|
|Rank||School||Wins||CWS Winning %||Appearances||Wins per appearance|
|9||Cal State Fullerton||34||.523||18||1.89|
|1||Southern California||12||2||14||1948, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1995, 1998|
|2||Texas||6||6||12||1949, 1950, 1953, 1975, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009|
|3||Arizona State||5||5||10||1965, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1988, 1998|
|4||Arizona||4||4||8||1956, 1959, 1963, 1976, 1980, 1986, 2012, 2016|
|5||LSU||6||1||7||1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2009, 2017|
|6||Miami (FL)||4||2||6||1974, 1982, 1985, 1996, 1999, 2001|
|6||South Carolina||2||4||6||1975, 1977, 2002, 2010, 2011, 2012|
|6||Oklahoma State||1||5||6||1959, 1961, 1966, 1981, 1987, 1990|
|9||Cal State Fullerton||4||1||5||1979, 1984, 1992, 1995, 2004|
|9||Stanford||2||3||5||1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2003|
(Last updated 9:51am EDT 28 June 2018)
|Rank||School||Appearances||CWS Winning %||Runner-up||Wins Per Appearance|
|8||St. John's (NY)||6||.333||0||1.00|
|4||1997||SEC||Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State||LSU|
|4||2004||SEC||Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina||Cal State Fullerton|
|4||2006||ACC||Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami (FL), North Carolina||Oregon State|
|4||2015||SEC||Arkansas, Florida, LSU, Vanderbilt||Virginia|
|3||1988||Pac-12||Arizona State, California, Stanford||Stanford|
|3||1990||SEC||Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State||Georgia|
|3||1996||SEC||Alabama, Florida, LSU||LSU|
|3||1998||SEC||Florida, LSU, Mississippi State||Southern California|
|3||2005||Big 12||Baylor, Nebraska, Texas||Texas|
|3||2008||ACC||Florida State, Miami (FL), North Carolina||Fresno State|
|3||2011||SEC||Florida, South Carolina, Vanderbilt||South Carolina|
|3||2012||SEC||Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina||Arizona|
|3||2014||Big 12||TCU, Texas, Texas Tech||Vanderbilt|
|3||2016||Big 12||Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech||Coastal Carolina|
|3||2017||SEC||Florida, LSU, Texas A&M||Florida|
|3||2018||SEC||Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi State||Oregon State|
|3||Western Athletic (WAC)||7|
|9||Atlantic Coast (ACC)||2|
|9||Big West (BWC)||2|
|9||Big West (SCBA)||2|
|13||Big South (BSC)||1|
|13||Missouri Valley (MVC)||1|
|13||West Coast (WCC)||1|
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The NCAA Division I Baseball Championship is held each year from May through June and features 64 college baseball teams in the United States, culminating in the eight-team College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. Oregon State is the 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament champion, defeating runner-up Arkansas 5-0 in Game 3 to win the 2018 College World Series championship finals.
The tournament is unique in that it features four tiers of competition, alternating between double-elimination brackets and best-of-three series. In fact, throughout the entire 64-team tournament, a team can lose a total of four games and still be crowned champions.
During team selection, sixteen teams are given "national seeds". The top eight of these teams automatically host a super regional if they advance past the regional round, assuming they have the facilities to do so. Only 2 times has a national seed not hosted due to lack of proper facilities. As in other NCAA tournaments, conference champions (usually determined by a tournament) receive automatic bids, and the selection committee fills the remaining spots.
The first tier, called Regionals, consists of 16 locations that include four teams, seeded 1 through 4, competing in a double-elimination bracket. The 16 host sites are determined mostly by merit – most No. 1 seeds host – but are also contested by bids from schools guaranteeing the NCAA a certain amount of revenue from that regional. Host teams traditionally have a large advantage, although the home team for each game is determined by rule, so the host school sometimes plays as the visiting team. The winner of each regional moves on to the second tier, the Super Regionals.
Super Regionals are played at eight locations throughout the country and consist of the 16 surviving teams, matched up by predetermined regional pairings. National seeds 1-8 cannot meet each other in the super regional and are guaranteed to host. If the higher national seed in the bracket is eliminated in the regional stage, but the lower national seed advances, the super regional will be played at the national seeded team's field. If the two seeds are not national seeds, the Super Regional will be bid upon by the two competing teams. If the national seed wins the regional but is unable to host, the Super Regional is awarded to the other regional winner in its bracket. This scenario played out in 2015 when national seed Missouri State could not host a Super Regional because the minor league Springfield Cardinals, which have scheduling priority at the stadium where both teams play, were playing a home series at that time. The Super Regional was thus awarded to Arkansas. The two teams play a best-of-three series to determine who moves on to the College World Series. Although one school hosts all three games, the teams split home-team status in the first two games, with the host school batting last in the opening game and first in game 2. If a third game is needed, a coin toss determines home-team status. Ole Miss is the only school to host three Super Regionals without advancing to the College World Series under the current format. Florida State has lost five Super Regionals as host, but has also advanced to the College World Series five times under the current format.
The final eight teams meet in Omaha, Nebraska in the College World Series. The CWS mimics the earlier rounds, consisting of two double-elimination brackets of four teams each. Thereafter, the winners of each bracket meet in a best-of-three final. The winner of this final series wins the College World Series and is crowned the national champion.NCAA Division I Softball Tournament
The NCAA Division I Softball Tournament is held annually in May/June and features 64 college softball teams in the United States, culminating in the Women's College World Series (WCWS), which is played in Oklahoma City.South Carolina Gamecocks baseball
The South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team represents the University of South Carolina in NCAA Division I college baseball. South Carolina has perennially been one of the best teams in college baseball since 1970, posting 32 NCAA Tournament appearances, 11 College World Series berths, 6 CWS Finals appearances and 2 National Championships: 2010 and 2011. Carolina is one of six schools in NCAA history to win back-to-back titles. Since joining the Southeastern Conference in 1992, the team has competed in the Eastern division. South Carolina owns a stellar 32-18 record at the CWS, holds the NCAA record for consecutive wins (22) in the national tournament and the longest win streak ever at the CWS (12 in a row from 2010 to 2012) in which the Gamecocks played for national titles all three years.
The current head coach is Mark Kingston, with Chad Holbrook resigning on June 6, 2017. Holbrook took over for Ray Tanner, who was named athletics director at USC after the 2012 season. This follows a string of three consecutive appearances in the national championship series, including two consecutive national championships. During Tanner's stint as head coach, the Gamecocks also captured three SEC titles, one SEC tournament title, six division titles, six College World Series appearances, and thirteen of their fifteen straight NCAA Tournaments (longest streak in the SEC at the time). Between 2010 and 2012 the Gamecocks set two NCAA records for postseason success: the most consecutive NCAA tournament wins (22) and the most consecutive wins in the College World Series (12). In 2013, Carolina set the record for consecutive home NCAA tournament wins, with 29. The team plays its home games at Founders Park, which opened on February 21, 2009.Virginia Cavaliers baseball
The Virginia Cavaliers baseball team represents the University of Virginia in NCAA Division I college baseball. Established in 1889, the team participates in the Coastal division of the Atlantic Coast Conference and plays its home games at Davenport Field. The team's head coach is Brian O'Connor. The team won the College World Series championship in 2015.Women's College World Series
The Women's College World Series (WCWS) is the final portion of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship for college softball in the United States. The tournament format consists of two four-team double-elimination brackets. The winners of each bracket then compete in a best-of-three series to determine the Division I WCWS National Champion. The WCWS takes place at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. From 1969 to 1981, the women's collegiate softball championship was also known as the Women's College World Series and was promoted as such. During 1969–1979, the series was played in Omaha, and in 1980–1982 in Norman, Oklahoma. The NCAA held its first six Division I tournaments in Omaha in 1982–1987, followed by Sunnyvale, California in 1988–1989. The event has been held in Oklahoma City every year since then, except for 1996 in Columbus, Georgia.
Softball was one of twelve women's sports added to the NCAA championship program for the 1981–82 school year, as the NCAA engaged in battle with the AIAW for sole governance of women's collegiate sports. The AIAW continued to conduct its established championship program in the same twelve (and other) sports. The 1982 softball championship tournaments of both the AIAW and the NCAA were called "Women's College World Series." However, after a year of dual women's championships, the NCAA conquered the AIAW and usurped its authority and membership.
NCAA Division I Men's College World Series
Events listed in italics have been discontinued.