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Conference USA Baseball Tournament

Conference USA Baseball Tournament
Conference Baseball Championship
Sport Baseball
Conference Conference USA
Number of teams 8
Format Double Elimination
Current stadium Pete Taylor Park
Current location Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Played 1996-present
Last contest 2015
Current champion [[FIU Panthers baseball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.FIU]] (1)
Most championships Rice (6)
Official website ConferenceUSA.CSTV.com Baseball
Host stadiums
Pete Taylor Park (1996, 2005, 2009, 2014–15)
Reckling Park (2006, 2013)
Trustmark Park (2011-12)
Cougar Field (2004, 2010)
Turchin Stadium (1997, 2003, 2008)
Clark-LeClair Stadium (2007)
Grainger Stadium (2002)
Zephyr Field (1998, 2001)
Florida Power Park (2000)
USA Stadium (1999)
Host locations
Hattiesburg, MS (1996, 2005, 2009, 2014–15)
Pearl, MS (2011-12)
Houston, TX (2004, 2006, 2010, 2013)
New Orleans, LA (1997-98, 2001, 2003, 2008)
Greenville, NC (2007)
Kinston, NC (2002)
St. Petersburg, FL (2000)
Millington, TN (1999)

The Conference USA Baseball Tournament is the conference championship tournament in baseball for Conference USA (C-USA). The winner of the tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. The tournament format, which has changed several times, currently consists of an eight-team double-elimination tournament format, in which the winners of two four-team brackets play in a single-game final. Rice, which has won the tournament six times, is the most successful team in the tournament's history.[1]

History

The tournament was first held in 1996, the first season after Conference USA was formed from the merger of the Metro Conference and the Great Midwest Conference.[2]

1996-1999

From 1996 to 1999, the tournament format consisted of an eight-team double-elimination tournament preceded by a single-game play-in round. The play-in round determined which of the lowest seeds (by regular season conference record) would qualify for the eight-team bracket. In 1996, when the league had nine baseball-sponsoring schools, the play-in round included the 8th and 9th seeds. When Houston joined from the Southwest Conference prior to the 1997 season, the play-in round featured the 7th–10th seeds. The eight-team double-elimination tournament consisted of two four-team double-elimination brackets, the winners of which met in a single-game final.[1]

2000-2009

In the 2000 tournament, the play-in round was eliminated, and the top eight seeds qualified for the eight-team double-elimination tournament automatically. The eight-team bracket followed the same format as it had from 1996 to 1999.[1]

2010

In 2010, the tournament format was changed from double-elimination to round robin. The top six regular season finishers qualified for the tournament field, which consisted of two three-team "pods." Pod 1 included the 1st, 4th, and 5th seeds, and Pod 2 included the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th seeds. Each team played three preliminary games, two against its podmates and one against a team from the opposite group. The cross-group games matched up the seeds as follows: 1st vs. 6th, 2nd vs. 5th, and 3rd vs. 4th. The winner of each round robin pod advanced to a single-game final.[1]

2011-2013

In 2011, the round robin format was expanded to the top eight regular season finishers. The tournament field consisted of two four-team pods. Pod 1 included the 1st, 4th, 5th, and 8th seeds, and Pod 2 included the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 7th seeds. Each team played three preliminary games, one against each member of its pod. The winner of each pod advanced to a single-game game.[1]

2014–Present

Beginning in 2014, the format returned to the eight team double-elimination format used from 1996 through 2009.[3]

Champions

Year School Site MVP
1996 [[Tulane Green Wave baseball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Tulane]]
Pete Taylor ParkHattiesburg, MS Jason Fitzgerald (Tulane)
1997 [[Houston Cougars baseball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Houston]]
Turchin StadiumNew Orleans, LA Scottie Scott (Houston)
1998 [[Tulane Green Wave baseball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Tulane]]
Zephyr Field • New Orleans, LA Brian Hughes (Tulane)
1999 [[Tulane Green Wave baseball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Tulane]]
USA StadiumMillington, TN Mickey McKee (Tulane)
2000 Houston Florida Power ParkSt. Petersburg, FL Jarrod Bitter (Houston)
2001 [[Tulane Green Wave baseball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Tulane]]
Zephyr Field • New Orleans, LA Barth Melius (Tulane)
2002 [[East Carolina Pirates baseball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.East Carolina]]
Grainger StadiumKinston, NC Darryl Lawhorn (East Carolina)
2003 [[Southern Miss Golden Eagles baseball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Southern Miss]]
Turchin Stadium • New Orleans, LA Clint King (Southern Miss)
2004 [[TCU Horned Frogs baseball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.TCU]]
Cougar FieldHouston, TX Austin Adams (TCU)
2005[a] [[TCU Horned Frogs baseball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.TCU]]
[[Tulane Green Wave baseball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Tulane]]
Pete Taylor Park • Hattiesburg, MS Nathan Southard (Tulane)
2006 [[Rice Owls baseball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Rice]]
Reckling Park • Houston, TX Joe Savery (Rice)
2007 [[Rice Owls baseball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Rice]]
Clark-LeClair StadiumGreenville, NC Aaron Luna (Rice)
2008 [[Houston Cougars baseball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Houston]]
Turchin Stadium • New Orleans, LA Bryan Pounds (Houston)
2009 [[Rice Owls baseball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Rice]]
Pete Taylor Park • Hattiesburg, MS Anthony Rendon (Rice)
2010 [[Southern Miss Golden Eagles baseball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Southern Miss]]
Cougar Field • Houston, TX Scott Copeland (Southern Miss)
2011 [[Rice Owls baseball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Rice]]
Trustmark ParkPearl, MS Tyler Duffey (Rice)
2012 [[UAB Blazers baseball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.UAB]]
Trustmark Park • Pearl, MS Michael Busby (UAB)
2013 [[Rice Owls baseball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Rice]]
Reckling Park • Houston, TX[b] Christian Stringer (Rice)
2014 [[Rice Owls baseball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Rice]]
Pete Taylor Park • Hattiesburg, MS Michael Aquino (Rice)
2015 [[FIU Panthers baseball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.FIU]]
Pete Taylor Park • Hattiesburg, MS
  1. ^ TCU and Tulane were declared co-champions by Conference USA in 2005 due to a cancelled championship game during bad weather.
  2. ^ Trustmark Park opted out of its contract to host the tournament in 2013. Conference USA announced that it would be held at Reckling Park instead.[4][5]


By school

School Tourney Titles Title Years
East Carolina 1 2002
FIU 1 2015
Houston 3 1997, 2000, 2008
Rice 6 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014
Southern Miss 2 2003, 2010
TCU 2 2004, 2005
Tulane 5 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005
UAB 1 2012

Italics indicates the school no longer sponsors baseball in Conference USA

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "2012 Conference USA Baseball Media Guide". pp. 74–75. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-06-21. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  2. ^ O'Connell, Jim (12 November 1995). "25 Tips on the 1996-1996 Season". The Mount Airy News. p. 5B. Archived from the original on 2012-06-23. Retrieved 23 June 2012. Conference USA will be the only new league, a merger of the Great Midwest and Metro conferences, ... . 
  3. ^ "Southern Miss to host 2014 C-USA Baseball Championship". Conference USA. October 10, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ Joseph Duarte (November 15, 2012). "Rice to host 2013 C-USA baseball tourney". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ TJ Werre (November 20, 2012). "C-USA Baseball Tournament Leaves Pearl". wjtv.com. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 

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