The Highlights Of The Past 10 Years

With a hat tip to Bill James’ Historical Abstracts, Baseball America presents some of the highlights of the decade that was, 2000-2009.

CHECKING IN—PROGRAMS
The five most significant programs that joined Division I in the decade
UC Irvine
Dallas Baptist
Fla. Gulf Coast
Kennesaw State
Oregon
CHECKING OUT—PROGRAMS
Three programs that dropped the sport
Iowa State
Northern Iowa
Vermont
CHECKING IN—COACHES
10 coaches who became significant D-I head coaches in the decade
Frank Anderson, Oklahoma State
Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt
Billy Godwin, East Carolina
Tony Gwynn, San Diego State
Dan McDonnell, Louisville
Brian O’Connor, Virginia
Kevin O’Sullivan, Florida
John Savage, UC Irvine/UCLA
Jim Schlossnagle, UNLV/Texas Christian
Dave Serrano, UC Irvine/CS Fullerton
Mike Weathers, Long Beach State
CHECKING OUT—COACHES
Gary Adams, UCLA (2004)
Bob Bennett, Fresno State (2002)
Skip Bertman, Louisiana State (2001)
Larry Cochell, Oklahoma (2005)
Norm DeBriyn, Arkansas (2002)
Rod Delmonico, Tennessee (2007)
Keith LeClair, East Carolina (deceased)
Pat Murphy, Arizona State (2009)
Corky Palmer, Southern Mississippi (2009)
Ron Polk, Georgia/Mississippi State (2008)
Dave Snow, Long Beach State (2001)
Jim Wells, Alabama (2009)
MOST WINS
Decade
503, Florida State (503-174, .743 percentage)
Best Winning Percentage
.750, Rice (487-162)
Single Season
60, Florida State, 2002
MOST HOME RUNS
Single season
33, Nate Gold, Gonzaga, 2003
Career in the decade (only 2000s)
74, Matt LaPorta, Florida, 2004-2007
HIGHEST BATTING AVERAGE
Single season
.493, Mike Goetz, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2006
Career
.465, Rickie Weeks, Southern, 2001-2003
MOST STRIKEOUTS, PITCHER
Single season
213, Jered Weaver, Long Beach State, 2004
Career
491, Tim Lincecum, Washington, 2004-2006
GAME OF THE DECADE
Texas 3, Boston College 2 (25 Innings)
May 31, 2009
The longest Division I game ever also included one of the most epic individual performances of all time. Senior lefthander Austin Wood wouldn’t let Texas lose, throwing 12 1/3 no-hit innings and 13 shutout innings overall in relief. He threw 169 pitches to help the Longhorns stave off the upset bid, and the ‘Horns went on to win the game and the regional en route to a berth in the CWS Finals.
CWS GAME OF THE DECADE
Louisiana State 6, Stanford 5, 2000
(championship game)
The only walk-off CWS title game of the decade saw the Tigers rally past the Cardinal, which led 5-2 in the bottom of the seventh and had righthander Justin Wayne on the mound in cruise control. LSU tied the game with home runs by Blair Barbier and Jeremy Witten, then won in the bottom of the ninth when senior catcher Brad Cresse drove home Ryan Theriot with a single. “You always want to go out winning the national championship, and it came true,” Cresse said. “Last night, I dreamt about being up at the plate with the winning run on base. I dreamt of a home run, but I’ll take a single.”

Compiled by John Manuel

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