1975 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament
The 1975 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1975 NCAA Division I baseball season to determine the national champion of college baseball. The tournament concluded with eight teams competing in the College World Series, a double-elimination tournament in its twenty-ninth year. Eight regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event. Each region held a four team, double-elimination tournament, resulting in 32 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament. The twenty-ninth tournament's champion was Texas, coached by Cliff Gustafson, their first in a quarter century. The Most Outstanding Player was Mickey Reichenbach of Texas. This was the first year the tournament used the regionals.
|Champions||Texas (3rd title)|
|Runner-up||South Carolina (1st CWS Appearance)|
|Winning coach||Cliff Gustafson (1st title)|
The 1975 tournament marked the first appearance for LSU, which would become a college baseball superpower in the succeeding decades, claiming six national championships between 1991 and 2009. LSU won the 1961 Southeastern Conference championship to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, but declined the bid to avoid playing integrated teams.
This season also marked the first appearance for Cal State Fullerton, which would claim four national championships from 1979 through 2004. Head coach Augie Garrido guided the Titans to three titles before moving to Texas, where he claimed three more titles from 2002 through 2009.
- 1 Regionals
- 2 College World Series
- 3 Tournament Notes
- 4 References
1975 was the first year the NCAA featured the Regional format for the tournament, which is still in use today, although it has been modified.
Games played in Stamford, CT.
Games played in Columbia, SC.
Games played in Ypsilanti, MI.
Games played in Starkville, MS.
Games played in Norman, OK.
South Central RegionalEdit
Games played in Arlington, TX.
Rocky Mountain RegionalEdit
Games played in Tempe, AZ.
Games played in Los Angeles.
|Cal State Fullerton||2|
|Cal State Fullerton||3|
|Cal State Fullerton||4||6|
College World SeriesEdit
Seton Hall, South Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Florida St., Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona St. and Cal St. Fullerton won their regionals and moved on to the 1975 College World Series.
|School||Conference||Record (Conference)||Head Coach||CWS Appearances||CWS Best Finish||CWS Record|
|Arizona State||WAC||58–11 (16–2)||Jim Brock||6
(1965, 1967, 1969)
|Cal State Fullerton||PCAA||36–14–1 (n/a)||Augie Garrido||0
|Eastern Michigan||MAC||35–17 (12–4)||Ron Oestrike||0
|Florida State||n/a||49–8 (n/a)||Woody Woodward||5
|Oklahoma||Big 8||50–8 (15–3)||Enos Semore||4
|Seton Hall||n/a||31–8 (n/a)||Mike Sheppard||3
|South Carolina||n/a||47–4 (n/a)||Bobby Richardson||0
|Texas||SWC||52–5 (23–1)||Cliff Gustafson||16
|First Round||Second Round||Third Round|
|Cal State Fullerton||3|
|Cal State Fullerton||4|
|June 6||Game 1||Arizona State||5–3||Cal State Fullerton|
|June 7||Game 3||South Carolina||3–1||Seton Hall|
|Game 4||Eastern Michigan||2–1 (10 innings)||Florida State|
|Game 5||Oklahoma||11–4||Cal State Fullerton||Cal State Fullerton eliminated|
|June 8||Game 6||Seton Hall||11–0||Florida State||Florida State eliminated|
|Game 7||Arizona State||5–2||Texas|
|Game 8||South Carolina||5–1 (6 innings)||Eastern Michigan|
|June 9||Game 9||Texas||12–10||Seton Hall||Seton Hall eliminated|
|Game 10||Oklahoma||7–0||Eastern Michigan||Eastern Michigan eliminated|
|June 11||Game 11||South Carolina||6–3||Arizona State|
|June 12||Game 12||Arizona State||1–0 (11 innings)||Oklahoma||Oklahoma eliminated|
|Game 13||Texas||17–6||South Carolina|
|June 13||Game 14||South Carolina||4–1||Arizona State||Arizona State eliminated|
|June 14||Final||Texas||5–1||South Carolina||Texas wins CWS|
The following players were members of the All-Tournament Team.
|Pitcher||Earl Bass||Junior||South Carolina|
|Catcher||Rick Cerone||Junior||Seton Hall|
|First baseman||Mickey Reichenbach||Sophomore||Texas|
|Second baseman||Mark Van Bever||Sophomore||South Carolina|
|Third baseman||Gary Allenson||Junior||Arizona State|
|Steve Cook||Junior||South Carolina|
|Bob Pate||Junior||Arizona State|
- Arizona State: Gary Allenson, Chris Bando, Floyd Bannister, Mike Colbern, Dave Hudgens, Darrell Jackson, Ken Landreaux, Jerry Maddox, Chris Nyman, Rick Peters, Ken Phelps, John Poloni, Gary Rajsich
- Cal State Fullerton: Danny Boone, George Horton
- Eastern Michigan: Glenn Gulliver, John Martin, Bob Owchinko, Bob Welch
- Florida State: Juan Bonilla, Craig Eaton, Mark Gilbert, Terry Kennedy, Carlos Lezcano, Dan O'Brien
- Oklahoma: Terry Bogener, Keith Drumright, George Frazier, Roger LaFrancois, Bob Shirley
- Seton Hall: Rick Cerone, Dan Morogiello, Charlie Puleo
- South Carolina: Garry Hancock, Greg Keatley, Ed Lynch, Jim Pankovits, Hank Small
- Texas: Jim Gideon, Don Kainer, Keith Moreland, Rich Wortham
The Arizona State team featured 13 future Major League players – a record matched by the school's team from the following year.
Texas came back to win the CWS after losing in Game 7 to Arizona State.