The 1969 NCAA University Division Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1969 NCAA University Division baseball season to determine the national champion of college baseball. The tournament concluded with eight teams competing in the College World Series, a double-elimination tournament in its twenty-third year. Eight regional districts sent representatives to the College World Series with preliminary rounds within each district serving to determine each representative. These events would later become known as regionals. Each district had its own format for selecting teams, resulting in 23 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament. The twenty-third tournament’s champion was Arizona State, coached by Bobby Winkles. The Most Outstanding Player was John Dolinsek of Arizona State.
The 1981 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1981 NCAA Division I baseball season to determine the national champion of college baseball. The tournament concluded with eight teams competing in the College World Series, a double-elimination tournament in its thirty-fifth year. Eight regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event. Seven regions held a four-team, double-elimination tournament while one region included six teams, resulting in 34 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament. The thirty-fifth tournament’s champion was Arizona State coached by Jim Brock. The Most Outstanding Player was Stan Holmes of Arizona State.
ASU has 24 NCAA team national championships, including baseball (five times), women’s tennis (three times), men’s gymnastics (one), men’s track and field (one), men’s indoor track and field (one), women’s outdoor track and field (two times), women’s indoor track and field (one), wrestling (one), men’s golf (two times), women’s golf (eight times), and softball (two times). ASU also has numerous individual NCAA national champions in different sports. Additionally, the baseball team has appeared in the College World Series 22 times, the men’s basketball team has participated in 13 NCAA tournaments, and the ASU football team won the Rose Bowl in 1987 and the Fiesta Bowl in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, and 1982.
ASU varsity teams won national championships in men’s archery 15 times, women’s archery 21 times, mixed archery 20 times, men’s badminton 13 times, women’s badminton 17 times, mixed badminton 10 times and triathlon four times, all of which are not recognized by the NCAA.
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Arizona State University
1973 – Present / NCAA Division 1
1931 – 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
2010 – Present / PAC -12 Conference
1978 – 2010 / Pacific 10
1962 – 1978 / Western Athletic Conference
1931 – 1962 / Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Sun Devils – The nickname “Sun Devils” is the third in the school’s 108-year history. When the second Tempe Normal football team opened play in 1889, the student body chose “Owls” for its moniker. And when Tempe Normal became Arizona State Teachers College, “Owls” became “Bulldogs.”
The State Press, the student newspaper, ran frequent appeals during the fall of 1946, urging the Bulldog to be replaced by the new Sun Devil. And on November 8, 1946, the student body voted 819 to 196 to make the change. On November 20, says The Arizona Republic, the student council made it official. The following day, the first Arizona State team played as the Sun Devils.
1981, 1977, 1969, 1967, 1965
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