Conference USA baseball facts & figures
About Conference USA Baseball
· Conference USA will field 12 teams in 2015, as the league celebrates its 20-year anniversary — Charlotte, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB, UTSA and Western Kentucky.
· C-USA has been ranked as the No. 5 baseball conference in the RPI in all but two seasons since 2006. It was the eighth-ranked conference in 2014.
· Conference USA has placed at least four teams in the NCAA Tournament nine times in the past 13 years, producing five on two occasions.
· Rice made its 20th consecutive NCAA Regional appearance in 2013, the fourth-longest active streak in the nation.
· Rice spent the entire 2014 season nationally ranked and was joined in the regular season rankings by FIU, Florida Atlantic and UAB.
· Seven C-USA teams ranked in the top 90 of the final RPI rankings and nine teams were among the top 103.
· Nine Conference USA teams won at least one game against a nationally-ranked opponent during the 2014 season.
· C-USA teams posted a total of 18 wins against nationally-ranked, non-conference opponents during the regular season, including seven against top-10 foes.
· Old Dominion defeated top ranked Virginia, 8-1, on April 29, marking the league’s first win over a No. 1 team since 2009. It was the ninth time in league history that a league school has defeated the nation’s top-ranked team.
· Conference USA played 27 of the teams ranked among the top 50 in the final NCAA rating percentage index (RPI), posting wins against 19. C-USA teams defeated: No. 1 Virginia (Old Dominion), No. 3 Texas (Rice), No. 4 Mississippi (Southern Miss), No. 6 TCU (Rice), No. 7 Florida (Florida Atlantic), No. 11 LSU (Tulane), No. 17 Miami [Fla.] (Florida Atlantic), No. 23 Alabama (Southern Miss/UAB), No. 30 Stanford (Rice), No. 31 Texas A&M (Louisiana Tech), No. 36 Sam Houston State (Rice/UTSA), No. 39 Liberty (Old Dominion), No. 41 Columbia (UTSA), No. 43 North Carolina (East Carolina) and No. 50 UCF (Florida Atlantic). Additionally, incoming member Western Kentucky defeated National Champion and No. 2 Vanderbilt, along with No. 5 Louisiana-Lafayette.
· Six different Conference USA players were honored as 2014 All-Americans, including East Carolina's Ryan Williams (Sr., P), FIU's Mike Franco (Jr., P), Middle Tennessee's Trent Miller (Sr., 1B), Rice's Shane Hoelscher (Sr., 3B) and Blake Fox (So., P) and UAB's Chase Mallard (Sr., P).
· Three C-USA players earned 2014 Freshman All-American honors, including FIU's Chris Mourelle (P), Florida Atlantic's Stephen Kerr (2B) and Old Dominion's Nick Walker (OF).
· Conference USA had four players that earned National Player of the Week honors in 2014. East Carolina's Jeff Hoffman (P), Rice's Michael Aquino (OF) and Skyler Ewing (1B) and UAB's Chase Mallard (P).
· Four C-USA schools (Southern Miss/Rice/East Carolina/Tulane) ranked among the top 36 nationally in average home attendance. Three of the four averaged at least 2,400 fans per game.
· Nine players and four teams ranked among the top 10 national leaders in the final 2014 NCAA statistics.
· Conference USA had 34 players chosen in the June Major League Baseball Draft, including East Carolina’s Jeff Hoffman, who was the No. 9 overall selection. Eleven teams had at least one player selected.
· The league had 24 games televised nationally or regionally in 2014.
· Nine players from C-USA schools appeared on the 2014 opening day rosters of Major League Baseball teams.
Conference USA Baseball Programs
Since its first season in 1996, Conference USA has established itself as a national power. Below are some of the league’s accomplishments in its first 19 seasons.
· At least one College World Series team in seven of the past 15 seasons
· 60 NCAA Appearances
· Three National Players of the Year
· Three National Freshmen of the Year
· 139 All-Americans
· Schools have combined to win 40 or more games 61 times in the past 11 years
· Has had a team ranked No. 1 in the nation in four of the past 10 regular seasons
· Hosted 14 NCAA Regionals and six Super Regionals
The 12 current members of C-USA also have accomplished the following …
· Rice won the 2003 National Championship and the programs have combined for a total of 95 all-time NCAA Tournament appearances, including 63 since 1995.