|Cal State Stanislaus had an exclusive collection of Walnut and Bronze trophies from Division III baseball.|
1977 Tournament scores and box scores1977 Playoff Results
Earning its second straight title, Cal State Stanislaus took a 8-5 decision over Brandeis to capture the 1977 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship. DH Mike Romano homered and drove in three runs to lead Cal State Stanislaus.
The California school is the only team to win the competition, which began in 1976, and has yet to lose a game in Division III Championship action.
The Warriors used outstanding balance in achieving their second Division III Championship. Seven starters batted .294 or better during the year, the pitching staff compiled a record-setting 2.69 ERA and the defense fielded at a sparkling .955 clip. These Warriors were at their best in postseason play, devastating the regional oppositions with three one-sided victories (wins of 20-2, 10-4 and 22-1).
The competition stiffened at the World Series, but three more
consecutive wins brought Cal Sate Stanislaus its second consecutive
national championship. Cal State Stanislaus moved into the
championship competition at Marietta College and defeated the host
school 5-3. The Warriors then defeated Glassboro State (now Rowan
University) 14-1, scoring a record 11 runs in the top of the ninth
inning to advance to the Championship game.
1977 All Tournament Team
MOP - Rusty Kuntz, Cal State Stanislaus
Catcher - Steve Finnegan, Brandeis
First Base - Bob DiGrazia, Brandeis
Second Base - Mike Valponi, Cal State Stanislaus
Third Base - Jim Roberts, Brandeis
Shortstop - Frank Albano, Glassboro State
Outfield - Rusty Kuntz, Cal State Stanislaus; Ed Allia, Brandeis; Rick Lancelotti, Glassboro State
Designated Hitter - Tim Peterson, Glassboro State
Pitcher - Gene Oliver, Cal State Stanislaus; Mike Lehfeldt, Cal State Stanislaus.