June 14, 2013
continues string of first-timers in Omaha
By Phil Stanton
recent years, there have been several first-time participants in
the College World Series. Indiana continues that trend in 2013.
The Hoosiers won a regional and super regional
for the first time in program history, giving IU its first trip
to Omaha. The Hoosiers are the first Big Ten team to reach the
College World Series since Michigan in 1984. Indiana raises the total to 113 for
have reached the College World Series, out of nearly 300
Division I baseball programs.
In looking at the College World Series fields,
there have been numerous first-time participants over the past
14 seasons, and at least one new member each of the past five
From 1995-99, there was only one team able to
crack the Omaha club. Rice made its first of seven trips in
1997, going 0-2.
As we entered the new century, there were two
newbies for two straight years. In 2000, Louisiana-Lafayette and
San Jose State both made their debuts, with the Ragin’ Cajuns
going 2-2 and the Spartans falling twice. A year later, nearby
Nebraska was 0-2 and Tulane went 1-2 in their first visits to
Over the next five campaigns, just one
first-timer appeared in Omaha. The 2003 edition saw Southwest
Missouri State (now Missouri State) go 0-2.
There have been nine rookies to appear in the
College World Series over the past seven seasons. UC Irvine (2-2)
and Louisville (0-2) made it in 2007. Two seasons later, another
pair arrived in Southern Miss (0-2) and Virginia (1-2). In the
past three tourneys, first-timers have had much success in their
first trip to Omaha. TCU went 3-2 in 2010, while Vanderbilt was
2-2 in 2011. A year ago, Kent State went 1-2 and Stony Brook was
The last team to win a national championship in
its first trip to the College World Series was Minnesota in
1956, from the Big Ten.
(photo courtesy of IU Media