2014 American Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament

The 2014 American Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament was held at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida from May 21 through May 25. The event, held at the end of the conference regular season, determined the champion of the American Athletic Conference for the 2014 season. Houston won the round-robin tournament and received the conference's automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.[2][3][4]

2014 American Athletic Conference
Baseball Tournament
2014 American Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament Logo.svg
Tournament Logo
Teams8
FormatRound-robin tournament
Finals site
ChampionsHouston (1st title)
Winning coachTodd Whitting (1st title)
MVPJosh Vidales, Houston
TelevisionESPNU (Championship game)
2014 American Athletic Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 12 Louisville  ‍‍‍y 19 5   .792     48 15   .762
UCF  ‍‍‍ 17 7   .708     36 23   .610
No. 16 Houston  ‍‍y 14 9   .609     48 16   .750
Rutgers  ‍‍‍ 14 9   .609     30 25   .545
South Florida  ‍‍‍ 10 14   .417     27 31   .466
Temple  ‍‍‍ 9 14   .391     15 32   .319
Connecticut  ‍‍‍ 9 14   .391     27 31   .466
Memphis  ‍‍‍ 8 16   .333     30 29   .508
Cincinnati  ‍‍‍ 6 18   .250     22 31   .415
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 6, 2014[1]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball

Format and seedingEdit

The top eight finishers from the regular season were seeded one through eight. The tournament used a round-robin format, with the field divided into two groups. The winners of each group, Louisville and Houston, faced off in a single championship game. With nine teams in the league, the last-place regular season finisher, Cincinnati, was not in the field.[5][6]

Team W L Pct. GB Seed
Louisville 19 5 .792
1
UCF 17 7 .708
2
2
Houston 14 9 .609
4.5
3
Rutgers 14 9 .609
4.5
4
South Florida 10 14 .417
9
5
Temple 9 14 .391
9.5
6
Connecticut 9 14 .391
9.5
7
Memphis 8 16 .333
11
8
Cincinnati 6 18 .250
13

BracketEdit

Division A UL RU USF Mem Overall
1 Louisville W 9–3 L 1–2 W 13–3 2–1
4 Rutgers L 3–9 W 10–0 L 1–5 1–2
5 South Florida W 2–1 L 0–10 L 1–2 1–2
8 Memphis L 3–13 W 5–1 W 2–1 2–1
Division B UCF Hou Tem UConn Overall
2 UCF L 8–13 W 6–2 W 7–1 2–1
3 Houston W 13–8 W 3–0 L 2–7 2–1
6 Temple L 2–6 L 0–3 W 9–4 1–2
7 Connecticut L 1–7 W 7–2 L 4–9 1–2
Finals
   
A Louisville 4
B Houston 10

All-Tournament TeamEdit

The following players were named to the All-Tournament Team.[4]

Pos Name School
P Andrew Lantrip Houston
P Jimmy Herget USF
C Kyle Gibson Louisville
C Keaton Aldridge Memphis
IF James Vasquez UCF
IF Casey Grayson Houston
IF Josh Vidales Houston
IF Kyle Teaf USF
OF Jeff Gardner Louisville
OF Kyle Survance Houston
OF Vinny Zarrillo Rutgers
DH Nick Solak Louisville

Most Outstanding PlayerEdit

Josh Vidales was named Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Vidales was a second baseman for Houston.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2014 Baseball Standings". American Athletic Conference. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "2013-14 Championships". The American. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  3. ^ "Clearwater, Fla. to host first American Athletic Conference championship". NCAA. July 1, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2014.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b c "Houston Claims American Baseball Championship". The American. May 25, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  5. ^ "First American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship To Be Held At Bright House Field". The American. July 1, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  6. ^ "Louisville Earns Top Seed For American Baseball Championship". The American. May 17, 2014. Retrieved May 18, 2014.