1976 SIUE Baseball - Hall of Fame
A seven-game postseason winning streak lifted SIUE and Coach Roy Lee to the best-ever finish at the 1976 NCAA Division II College World Series. As the host of the NCAA Mideast Regional Tournament, SIUE swept through its opponents as Bill Lee, John Urban, Dave Schaake, Mike Brown, and Jerry Deml all were named to the All-Tournament team. The 31-20 Cougars won three more games at the College World Series before eventually dropping the title game to Cal Poly Pomona in Springfield, Illinois. SIUE boasted a strong pitching staff with a team earned run average of 2.67. Dennis Reinhardt led the team with seven wins followed by Deml's six. Larry Moore and Stan Osterbur contributed five wins each. Brown led the offense with a .350 batting average and a team-leading five home runs. Leadoff hitter Jack Scarborough led the team in runs scored (46) and stolen bases (16). The other members of the 1976 baseball team included Pat Scholaz, Tim Twellman, Don Lange, Don Broadway, Pat Leonard, Greg McBride, Steve Novak, Kent Wells, Bob Wilber, Bob Matzenbacher, Jim Dohr, Randy Manley, Steve Ashby, Pat Leonard, Sam Pastrovich, Greg Wolk, Bob Hughes (assistant coach), Bruce Thomas (assistant coach), Jim Watson (equipment manager), and Rick Everage (trainer).