1976 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament
|Champions||Arizona (1st title)|
|Runner-up||Eastern Michigan (2nd CWS Appearance)|
|Winning coach||Jerry Kindall (1st title)|
The 1976 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1976 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 thirtieth 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 thirtieth tournament's champion was Arizona, coached by Jerry Kindall. The Most Outstanding Player was Steve Powers of Arizona.
- 1 Regionals
- 2 College World Series
- 3 Tournament Notes
- 4 References
Seven of the eight regionals were played as 4-team double-elimination tournaments. One regional was played as a 6-team double-elimination tournament. The winner of each regional moved onto the College World Series.
Games played in Columbia, South Carolina.
Rocky Mountain Regional
Games played in Tempe, Arizona.
Games played in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Games played in Tallahassee, Florida.
Games played in Edinburg, Texas.
South Central Regional
Games played in Arlington, Texas.
Games played in Pullman, Washington.
|Cal State Fullerton||7|
|Cal State Fullerton||1|
|Cal State Fullerton||13||2|
|Cal State Fullerton||11|
Games played in Storrs, Connecticut.
|First Round||Second Round||Third Round||Semi-Finals||Finals|
|St. John's||0||Seton Hall||3|
|Penn State||4||St. John's||3||Temple||0|
College World Series
|School||Conference||Record (Conference)||Head Coach||CWS Appearances||CWS Best Finish||CWS Record|
|Arizona||WAC||51–16 (12–6)||Jerry Kindall||9
(1956, 1958, 1960)
|Arizona State||WAC||62–8 (17–1)||Jim Brock||7
(1965, 1967, 1969)
|Auburn||SEC||37–13 (12–7)||Paul Nix||1
|Clemson||ACC||35–13 (10–2)||Bill Wilhelm||2
|Eastern Michigan||MAC||43–14 (12–3)||Ron Oestrike||1
|Maine||Eastern Collegiate||27–7 (n/a)||John Winkin||1
|Oklahoma||Big 8||62–17 (4–1)||Enos Semore||5
|Washington State||Pac-8||42–13 (16–2)||Chuck Brayton||3
|First Round||Second Round||Third Round|
|Eastern Michigan||6||Eastern Michigan||1|
|June 11||Game 1||Clemson||9–4||Auburn|
|Game 2||Eastern Michigan||3–2||Maine|
|June 12||Game 3||Arizona State||7–6 (10 innings)||Arizona|
|Game 4||Washington State||6–1||Oklahoma|
|Game 5||Maine||9–8||Auburn||Auburn eliminated|
|June 13||Game 6||Arizona||10–2||Oklahoma||Oklahoma eliminated|
|Game 7||Eastern Michigan||3–2 (10 innings)||Clemson|
|Game 8||Arizona State||9–3||Washington State|
|June 14||Game 9||Arizona||10–6||Clemson||Clemson eliminated|
|Game 10||Maine||6–3||Washington State||Washington State eliminated|
|June 15||Game 11||Eastern Michigan||2–1||Arizona State|
|June 16||Game 12||Arizona State||7–0||Maine||Maine eliminated|
|Game 13||Arizona||11–6||Eastern Michigan|
|June 18||Game 14||Arizona||5–1||Arizona State||Arizona State eliminated|
|June 19||Final||Arizona||7–1||Eastern Michigan||Arizona wins CWS|
The following players were members of the All-Tournament Team.
|Bob Owchinko||Senior||Eastern Michigan|
|First baseman||Ken Phelps||Senior||Arizona State|
|Second baseman||Dan Schmitz||Junior||Eastern Michigan|
|Third baseman||Brian Petroff||Freshman||Eastern Michigan|
|Outfielder||Ken Landreaux||Junior||Arizona State|
|Pete Van Horne||Junior||Arizona|
|Designated hitter||Steve Powers||Senior||Arizona|
- Arizona: Ron Hassey, Dave Stegman
- Arizona State: Gary Allenson, Chris Bando, Floyd Bannister, Mike Colbern, Bob Horner, Dave Hudgens, Darrell Jackson, Ken Landreaux, Chris Nyman, Bob Pate, Rick Peters, Ken Phelps, Gary Rajsich
- Auburn: Joe Beckwith, Terry Leach
- Clemson: Ron Musselman, Chuck Porter, Kurt Seibert
- Eastern Michigan: Glenn Gulliver, John Martin, Bob Owchinko, Bob Welch
- Maine: Jack Leggett, Bert Roberge
- Oklahoma: Terry Bogener, Keith Drumright, George Frazier, Gene Krug, Roger LaFrancois
- Washington State: Dave Edler, Eric Wilkins, Tom Niedenfuer
- The Arizona State team featured 13 future Major League players – a record matched by the school's team from the previous year.
- Arizona head coach Jerry Kindall became the first person to win a College World Series as both a player (1956, Minnesota) and a coach.
- Keith Drumright appeared in his fourth College World Series.
- As of 2014, Eastern Michigan remains the last northern school to play in the final game of the College World Series.
- "NCAA Men's College World Series Records" (PDF). NCAA. 2009. p. 195. Retrieved August 22, 2014.