2014 NCAA Division I baseball season
The 2014 NCAA Division I baseball season, play of college baseball in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I level, began on February 14, 2014. The season progressed through the regular season, many conference tournaments and championship series, and concluded with the 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament and 2014 College World Series. The College World Series, consisting of the eight remaining teams in the NCAA Tournament and held annually in Omaha, Nebraska at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, ended on June 25, 2014 with the final game of the best-of-three championship series between Vanderbilt and Virginia, won by Vanderbilt.
|2014 NCAA Division I baseball season|
|Duration||February 14, 2014 – June 25, 2014|
|Number of teams||302|
|Preseason #1||Cal State Fullerton (CB, Coaches, NCBWA)|
|Duration||May 30 – June 25, 2014|
|Most conference bids||SEC (10)|
|College World Series|
|Champions||Vanderbilt (1st title)|
|Runners-up||Virginia (3rd CWS Appearance)|
|Winning Coach||Tim Corbin (1st title)|
|MOP||Dansby Swanson (Vanderbilt)|
There were many significant conference changes that took effect prior to the season.
- Notre Dame and Pittsburgh departed the original Big East for the ACC, joining the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions respectively, and making that a 14-team conference for baseball (the other 2013 arrival in the ACC, Syracuse, does not sponsor baseball).
- The Big East split into two leagues:
- The legal successor, composed of Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Rutgers, and South Florida, along with Conference USA departures Houston, Memphis, Temple, and UCF, formed the American.
- Georgetown, Seton Hall, St. John's, and Villanova joined with Butler and Xavier from the Atlantic 10 and Creighton of the MVC to reform the Big East.
- The Great West Conference ceased operations after all but two baseball members secured a place in other conferences. Full member NJIT and baseball affiliate NYIT became Division I Independents.
- George Mason moved from the CAA to the Atlantic 10.
- College of Charleston moved from the Southern Conference to the CAA.
- Conference USA replaced its departing members with Florida Atlantic, FIU, Middle Tennessee, and North Texas of the Sun Belt, Louisiana Tech and UTSA of the WAC, Old Dominion from the CAA and Charlotte from the Atlantic 10.
- Oakland moved from The Summit League to the Horizon League.
- The MAAC added Quinnipiac and Monmouth, both formerly of the NEC.
- San Jose State moved from the WAC to the Mountain West.
- Dallas Baptist shifted its baseball-only membership in the WAC to the MVC.
- New Orleans joined the Southland after previously playing as an Independent. Houston Baptist departed the Great West to join the Southland.
- The Sun Belt added former WAC members Texas State and Texas–Arlington, plus Georgia State from the CAA.
- Former Great West full members Utah Valley, Chicago State, Texas–Pan American, as well as associate members North Dakota and Northern Colorado, joined the WAC.
- Pacific rejoined the West Coast Conference, a league in which it was a charter member. The Tigers departed the Big West Conference, now a nine-team league.
This was also the final season for several teams in their then-current leagues:
- Maryland would leave the ACC for the Big Ten.
- Louisville and Rutgers would spend only the 2014 season in The American; they respectively left for the ACC and Big Ten.
- A third team from The American, Temple, announced that it would drop the sport after the season.
- East Carolina and Tulane would leave C-USA for The American.
- Western Kentucky would leave the Sun Belt for C-USA
- Appalachian State, Davidson, Georgia Southern, and Elon would all leave the Southern Conference (SoCon). Appalachian State and Georgia Southern joined the Sun Belt, Davidson the Atlantic 10, and Elon the CAA.
- East Tennessee State and Mercer would leave the Atlantic Sun for the SoCon. ETSU returned to the SoCon after a nine-year absence.
- VMI would leave the Big South and return to the SoCon after an 11-year absence.
- Oral Roberts would return to The Summit League after two seasons in the Southland.
Reclassifications from Division IIEdit
The Philadelphia Phillies selected college juniors Ben Wetzler of Oregon State University in the fifth round and Jason Monda of the University of Washington in the sixth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. Both entered into negotiations with the Phillies with the help of a financial adviser, which is against National Collegiate Athletic Association rules, but is "something that reportedly happens all the time". Both also chose to return to college for their senior year. The Phillies reported Wetzler and Monda to the NCAA, which cleared Monda and suspended Wetzler for the first 11 games, which is 20%, of the college season.
- For the full rankings, see 2014 NCAA Division I baseball rankings
Conference winners and tournamentsEdit
Twenty-nine athletic conferences each end their regular seasons with a single-elimination tournament or a double-elimination tournament. The teams in each conference that win their regular season title are given the number one seed in each tournament. The winners of these tournaments receive automatic invitations to the 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.
Player of the Year
Coach of the Year
|America East Conference||Stony Brook||Kevin Krause, Stony Brook||Matt Senk, Stony Brook||2014 America East Conference Baseball Tournament||Edward A. LeLacheur Park • Lowell, MA||Binghamton|
|American Athletic Conference||Louisville||Jeff Gardner, Louisville||Terry Rooney, UCF||2014 American Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament||Bright House Field • Clearwater, FL||Houston|
|Atlantic 10 Conference||Saint Louis||Collin Forgey, Saint Joseph's||Fritz Hamburg, Saint Joseph's||2014 Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Tournament||Billiken Sports Center • St. Louis, MO||George Mason|
|Atlantic Coast Conference||Atlantic - Florida State
Coastal - Miami (FL)
|D. J. Stewart, Florida State||Brian O'Connor, Virginia||2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament||NewBridge Bank Park • Greensboro, NC||Georgia Tech|
|Atlantic Sun Conference||Florida Gulf Coast||Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State||Dave Tollett, Florida Gulf Coast||2014 Atlantic Sun Conference Baseball Tournament||Swanson Stadium • Fort Myers, FL||Kennesaw State|
|Big 12 Conference||Oklahoma State||Zach Fish, Oklahoma State||Josh Holliday, Oklahoma State||2014 Big 12 Conference Baseball Tournament||Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark • Oklahoma City, OK||TCU|
|Big East Conference||Creighton||Reagan Fowler, Creighton and
D. J. Ruhlman, Seton Hall
|Ed Servais, Creighton||2014 Big East Conference Baseball Tournament||MCU Park • Brooklyn, NY||Xavier|
|Big South Conference||North - Liberty
South - Winthrop
|Ryan Seiz, Liberty||Jim Toman, Liberty||2014 Big South Conference Baseball Tournament||Winthrop Ballpark • Rock Hill, SC||Campbell|
|Big Ten Conference||Indiana||Sam Travis, Indiana||Tracy Smith, Indiana||2014 Big Ten Conference Baseball Tournament||TD Ameritrade Park Omaha • Omaha, NE||Indiana|
|Big West Conference||Cal Poly||No tournament, regular season champion earns auto bid|
|Colonial Athletic Association||William & Mary||Michael Katz, William & Mary||Brian Murphy, William & Mary||2014 Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Tournament||Brooks Field • Wilmington, NC||College of Charleston|
|Conference USA||Rice||Aramis Garcia, Florida International||Brian Shoop, UAB||2014 Conference USA Baseball Tournament||Pete Taylor Park • Hattiesburg, MS||Rice|
|Horizon League||Wright State||2014 Horizon League Baseball Tournament||Kapco Park • Milwaukee, WI||Youngstown State|
|Ivy League||Gehrig - Penn/Columbia
Rolfe - Yale/Dartmouth
|Alec Keller, Princeton||N/A||2014 Ivy League Baseball Championship Series||Campus Sites||Columbia|
|Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference||Canisius||2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament||FirstEnergy Park • Lakewood, NJ||Siena|
|Mid-American Conference||East - Miami (OH)
West - Ball State
|2014 Mid-American Conference Baseball Tournament||All Pro Freight Stadium • Avon, OH||Kent State|
|Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference||Northern - Delaware State
Southern - Bethune-Cookman/Florida A&M
|2014 Mid–Eastern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament||Marty L. Miller Field • Norfolk, VA||Bethune-Cookman|
|Missouri Valley Conference||Evansville||2014 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Tournament||Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium • Terre Haute, IN||Dallas Baptist|
|Mountain West Conference||UNLV/New Mexico||2014 Mountain West Conference Baseball Tournament||Earl E. Wilson Stadium • Paradise, NV||San Diego State|
|Northeast Conference||Bryant||2014 Northeast Conference Baseball Tournament||Dodd Stadium • Norwich, CT||Bryant|
|Ohio Valley Conference||Southeast Missouri State||2014 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Tournament||The Ballpark at Jackson • Jackson, TN||Jacksonville State|
|Pac-12 Conference||Oregon State||No tournament, regular season champion earns auto bid|
|Patriot League||Bucknell/Army||Kash Manzelli, Navy||Scott Heather, Bucknell||2014 Patriot League Baseball Tournament||Campus Sites||Bucknell|
|Southeastern Conference||East – Florida
West – Mississippi
|A. J. Reed, Kentucky||Kevin O'Sullivan, Florida||2014 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament||Hoover Metropolitan Stadium • Hoover, AL||LSU|
|Southern Conference||Western Carolina||2014 Southern Conference Baseball Tournament||Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park • Charleston, SC||Georgia Southern|
|Southland Conference||Sam Houston State||2014 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament||Bear Stadium • Conway, AR||Southeastern Louisiana|
|Southwestern Athletic Conference||East - Alabama State
West - Arkansas–Pine Bluff
|2014 Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament||Wesley Barrow Stadium • New Orleans, LA||Jackson State|
|The Summit League||Omaha||2014 The Summit League Baseball Tournament||Erv Huether Field • Brookings, SD||North Dakota State|
|Sun Belt Conference||Louisiana-Lafayette||2014 Sun Belt Conference Baseball Tournament||Eddie Stanky Field • Mobile, AL||Louisiana-Lafayette|
|West Coast Conference||Pepperdine||2014 West Coast Conference Baseball Tournament||Banner Island Ballpark • Stockton, CA||Pepperdine|
|Western Athletic Conference||Sacramento State||2014 Western Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament||Cubs Park • Mesa, AZ||Sacramento State|
College World SeriesEdit
The 2014 season marked the sixty eighth NCAA Baseball Tournament, which culminated with the eight team College World Series. The College World Series was held in Omaha, Nebraska. The eight teams played a double-elimination format, with Commodores claiming their first championship with a two games to one series win over Virginia in the final.
|First round||Second round||Semifinals||Final|
Consensus All-American teamsEdit
Major player of the year awardsEdit
- Dick Howser Trophy: A. J. Reed, Kentucky
- Baseball America: A. J. Reed, Kentucky
- Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger: A. J. Reed, Kentucky
- American Baseball Coaches Association: A. J. Reed, Kentucky
- Golden Spikes Award: A. J. Reed, Kentucky
Major freshman of the year awardsEdit
- Baseball America Freshman Of The Year: Zach Collins, Miami
- Collegiate Baseball Freshman Player of the Year: Jake Noll, Florida Gulf Coast
- Collegiate Baseball Freshman Pitcher of the Year: Zach Plesac, Ball State
Major coach of the year awardsEdit
- American Baseball Coaches Association: Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt
- Baseball America: Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt
- Collegiate Baseball Coach of the Year: Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt
- National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Coach of the Year: Mike Gillespie, UC Irvine
- ABCA/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year: Butch Thompson, Mississippi State
Other major awardsEdit
- Senior CLASS Award (baseball) (outstanding Senior of the Year in baseball): Andrew Morales, UC Irvine
- Johnny Bench Award (Catcher of the Year): Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State
- Brooks Wallace Award (Shortstop of the Year): Trea Turner, NC State
- John Olerud Award (best two-way player): A. J. Reed, Kentucky
- American Baseball Coaches Association Gold Glove:
This table lists programs that changed head coaches at any point from the first day of the 2014 season until the day before the first day of the 2015 season.
|Arizona State||Tim Esmay||Tracy Smith||Esmay resigned on June 9, 2014.|
|Brown||Marek Drabinski||Grant Achilles||Drabinski resigned on April 11, 2014. The Bears were 6–15, 0–8 in the Ivy League and coming off a loss to Connecticut.|
|Campbell||Greg Goff||Justin Haire||Goff resigned to take the coaching position at Louisiana Tech.|
|Illinois State||Mark Kingston||Bo Durkac||Kingston resigned on June 4 to take the coaching position at South Florida|
|Indiana||Tracy Smith||Chris Lemonis||Smith resigned on June 9 to take the coaching position at Arizona State.|
|Louisiana Tech||Wade Simoneaux||Greg Goff||Simoneaux was fired on May 19 at the end of a 15-35 season, finishing last in C-USA.|
|Mississippi Valley State||Doug Shanks||Aaron Stevens||Shanks retired November 12.|
|New Mexico State||Rocky Ward||Brian Green||Ward was fired on May 27 at the end of a 23 - 31 season, finishing 7th in the WAC.|
|Northern Illinois||Ed Mathey||Mike Kunigonis||Mathey resigned on November 20 to take over at Division III North Central College.|
|Rhode Island||Jim Foster||Raphael Cerrato||Foster resigned to take an assistant coaching job with Boston College on July 17, 2014. Cerrato was originally announced as interim head coach on July 17, 2014, interim tag lifted on June 23, 2015.|
|Rutgers||Fred Hill||Joe Litterio||Hill announced on February 20, 2014 that he would retire.|
|Sam Houston State||David Pierce||Matt Deggs||Pierce resigned to take the coaching position at Tulane.|
|San Diego State||Tony Gwynn||Mark Martinez||Gwynn died of cancer on June 16. The San Diego Padres Hall of Famer and San Diego State alumnus had gone on medical leave in March 2014 for treatment.|
|South Florida||Lelo Prado||Mark Kingston||Prado accepted a non-coaching position in the South Florida Athletic Department on May 19, 2014.|
|Tulane||Rick Jones||David Pierce||Jones retired on May 24 after 21 years of coaching the Green Wave.|
|VMI||Marlin Ikenberry||Jonathan Hadra||Ikenberry resigned November 3 to pursue a private sector opportunity. Hadra was initially named interim head coach, and announced as permanent head coach on November 13.|
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