2015 NCAA Division I baseball season
The 2015 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 in February 2015. The season progressed through the regular season, many conference tournaments and championship series, and concluded with the 2015 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament and 2015 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 24, 2015 with the final game of the best-of-three championship series between Vanderbilt and Virginia, won by Virginia.
|2015 NCAA Division I baseball season|
|Number of teams||301|
|Preseason #1||Vanderbilt (Unanimous)|
|Duration||May 29–June 24, 2015|
|Most conference bids||ACC and SEC (7)|
|College World Series|
|Champions||Virginia (1st title)|
|Runners-up||Vanderbilt (3rd CWS Appearance)|
|Winning Coach||Brian O'Connor (1st title)|
|MOP||Josh Sborz (Virginia)|
There were many significant conference changes that took effect prior to the season.
- Maryland left the ACC for the Big Ten.
- Louisville and Rutgers left The American, joining the ACC and Big Ten respectively.
- A third team from The American, Temple, dropped baseball.
- East Carolina and Tulane left Conference USA for The American.
- WKU left the Sun Belt for Conference USA.
- Appalachian State, Davidson, Georgia Southern, and Elon all left 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 left the Atlantic Sun for the SoCon. ETSU returned to the SoCon after a nine-year absence.
- VMI left the Big South and returned to the SoCon after an 11-year absence.
- Oral Roberts returned to The Summit League after two seasons in the Southland.
In addition, the 2015 season was the last for Northern Kentucky in the Atlantic Sun and for NJIT as an independent. In July 2015, Northern Kentucky joined the Horizon League, and the Atlantic Sun replaced the Norse with NJIT. It was also the last for Texas–Pan American (UTPA) as an institution. UTPA merged with the University of Texas at Brownsville in July 2015 to form the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). The UTPA athletic program was inherited by UTRGV, with the nickname of Vaqueros, and UTRGV maintains UTPA's membership in the Western Athletic Conference.
- The Big South Conference dropped its divisional format.
- West Virginia opened the new Monongalia County Ballpark, with a fixed capacity of 2,500 plus extra hillside seating. The venue replaced Hawley Field, which closed for conference games after the 2012 season because it did not meet standards of the Big 12 Conference, which WVU joined in 2012. The Mountaineers played their 2013 and 2014 home conference games at several venues around the state, while Hawley Field remained in use for non-conference games. Once the college baseball season is over, the ballpark will be used by the West Virginia Black Bears, a Class A Short Season affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
For the full rankings, see 2015 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 2015 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.
player of the year
coach of the year
|America East Conference||Stony Brook||2015 America East Conference Baseball Tournament||Edward A. LeLacheur Park • Lowell, MA||Stony Brook|
|American Athletic Conference||Houston||Cliff Godwin, East Carolina||2015 American Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament||Bright House Field • Clearwater, FL||East Carolina|
|Atlantic 10 Conference||Saint Louis||2015 Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Tournament||Barcroft Park • Arlington, VA||VCU|
|Atlantic Coast Conference||Atlantic - Louisville
Coastal - Miami (FL)
|2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament||Durham Bulls Athletic Park • Durham, NC||Florida State|
|Atlantic Sun Conference||North Florida||2015 Atlantic Sun Conference Baseball Tournament||Swanson Stadium • Fort Myers, FL||Lipscomb|
|Big 12 Conference||TCU||2015 Big 12 Conference Baseball Tournament||ONEOK Field • Tulsa, OK||Texas|
|Big East Conference||St. John's||2015 Big East Conference Baseball Tournament||TD Ameritrade Park Omaha • Omaha, NE||St. John's|
|Big South Conference||Radford||2015 Big South Conference Baseball Tournament||John Henry Moss Stadium • Boiling Springs, NC||Radford|
|Big Ten Conference||Illinois||David Kerian, Illinois||Dan Hartleb, Illinois||2015 Big Ten Conference Baseball Tournament||Target Field • Minneapolis, MN||Michigan|
|Big West Conference||Cal State Fullerton||No tournament, regular season champion earns auto bid|
|Colonial Athletic Association||College of Charleston||2015 Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Tournament||CofC Baseball Stadium at Patriot's Point • Mount Pleasant, SC||UNC Wilmington|
|Conference USA||Rice||2015 Conference USA Baseball Tournament||Pete Taylor Park • Hattiesburg, MS||FIU|
|Horizon League||UIC||2015 Horizon League Baseball Tournament||Oil City Stadium • Whiting, IN||Wright State|
|Ivy League||Gehrig - Columbia/Penn
Rolfe - Dartmouth
|N/A||2015 Ivy League Baseball Championship Series||Campus sites||Columbia|
|Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference||Rider||2015 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament||Dutchess Stadium • Wappingers Falls, NY||Canisius|
|Mid-American Conference||East - Kent State
West - Central Michigan
|2015 Mid-American Conference Baseball Tournament||All Pro Freight Stadium • Avon, OH||Ohio|
|Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference||Northern - Norfolk State
Southern - Florida A&M
|2015 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament||Arthur W. Perdue Stadium • Salisbury, MD||Florida A&M|
|Missouri Valley Conference||Missouri State||2015 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Tournament||Eck Stadium • Wichita, KS||Missouri State|
|Mountain West Conference||Nevada||2015 Mountain West Conference Baseball Tournament||William Peccole Park • Reno, NV||San Diego State|
|Northeast Conference||Bryant||2015 Northeast Conference Baseball Tournament||Senator Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium • Norwich, CT||Sacred Heart|
|Ohio Valley Conference||Southeast Missouri State||2015 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Tournament||The Ballpark at Jackson • Jackson, TN||Morehead State|
|Pac-12 Conference||UCLA||Scott Kingery, Arizona||John Savage, UCLA||No tournament, regular season champion earns auto bid|
|Patriot League||Navy||2015 Patriot League Baseball Tournament||Campus sites||Lehigh|
|Southeastern Conference||East - Vanderbilt
West - LSU
|Andrew Benintendi, Arkansas||Paul Mainieri, LSU||2015 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament||Hoover Metropolitan Stadium • Hoover, AL||Florida|
|Southern Conference||Mercer||2015 Southern Conference Baseball Tournament||Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park • Charleston, SC||Mercer|
|Southland Conference||Southeastern Louisiana||2015 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament||Constellation Field • Sugar Land, TX||Houston Baptist|
|Southwestern Athletic Conference||East- Alabama State
West - Arkansas–Pine Bluff
|2015 Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament||Wesley Barrow Stadium • New Orleans, LA||Texas Southern|
|The Summit League||Oral Roberts||2015 The Summit League Baseball Tournament||Sioux Falls Stadium • Sioux Falls, South Dakota||Oral Roberts|
|Sun Belt Conference||South Alabama||2015 Sun Belt Conference Baseball Tournament||Riddle–Pace Field • Troy, AL||Louisiana–Lafayette|
|West Coast Conference||San Diego||2015 West Coast Conference Baseball Tournament||Banner Island Ballpark • Stockton, CA||Pepperdine|
|Western Athletic Conference||Grand Canyon||2015 Western Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament||Sloan Park • Mesa, AZ||Cal State Bakersfield|
College World SeriesEdit
The 2015 College World Series will begin on June 13 in Omaha, Nebraska.
|First round||Second round||Semifinals||Championship series|
|Cal State Fullerton||3|
|Cal State Fullerton||3|
This table lists programs that changed head coaches at any point from the first day of the 2015 season until the day before the first day of the 2016 season.
|Arizona||Andy Lopez||Jay Johnson||Retired|
|Auburn||Sunny Golloway||Butch Thompson||Fired|
|Baylor||Steve Smith||Steve Rodriguez||Fired|
|Cal State Bakersfield||Bill Kernen||Bob Macaluso||Retired|
|Clemson||Jack Leggett||Monte Lee||Fired|
|College of Charleston||Monte Lee||Matt Heath||Resigned to accept coaching position at Clemson.|
|Eastern Illinois||Jim Schmitz||Jason Anderson||Fired|
|Eastern Kentucky||Jason Stein||Edwin Thompson||Fired|
|James Madison||Spanky McFarland||Marlin Ikenberry||Retired|
|Nevada||Jay Johnson||T. J. Bruce||Resigned to accept coaching position at Arizona.|
|Northwestern||Paul Stevens||Spencer Allen||Retired|
|Pacific||Ed Sprague, Jr.||Mike Neu||Fired|
|Pepperdine||Steve Rodriguez||Rick Hiretensteiner||Resigned to accept coaching position at Baylor.|
|Portland||Chris Sperry||Geoff Loomis||Fired|
|Washington State||Donnie Marbut||Marty Lees||Fired|
|Western Kentucky||Matt Myers||John Pawlowski||Fired|
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