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- Conference USA will field 12 teams in 2015, as the league celebrates its 20-year anniversary: Charlotte, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB, UTSA and WKU.
- Conference USA has been ranked as the No. 5 baseball conference in the RPI in all but two seasons since 2006. It was the No. 8 ranked conference in 2014.
- C-USA has placed at least four teams in the NCAA Championship nine times in the past 13 years, producing five teams on two occasions.
- Rice made its 20th consecutive NCAA Regional appearance in 2013, the fourth-longest active streak in the nation.
- Rice spent the entire 2014 season nationally ranked and was joined in the regular season rankings by FIU, Florida Atlantic and UAB.
- Seven C-USA teams ranked in the top 90 of the final RPI rankings and nine teams were among the top 103.
- Nine Conference USA teams won at least one game against a nationally ranked opponent during the 2014 season.
- C-USA teams posted a total of 18 wins over nationally ranked, non-conference opponents during the regular season, including seven against top 10 foes.
- Old Dominion defeated then-No. 1 Virginia, 8-1, on April 29, marking the league's first win over a No. 1 team since 2009. It was the ninth time in league history that a C-USA school has defeated the nation's top-ranked team.
- C-USA played 27 of the teams ranked among the top 50 in the final NCAA RPI rankings, posting wins vs. 19. C-USA teams defeated: No. 1 Virginia (Old Dominion), No. 3 Texas (Rice), No. 4 Mississippi (Southern Miss), No. 6 TCU (Rice), No. 7 Florida (Florida Atlantic), No. 11 LSU (Tulane), No. 17 Miami [Fla.] (Florida Atlantic), No. 23 Alabama (Southern Miss, UAB), No. 30 Stanford (Rice), No. 31 Texas A&M (Louisiana Tech), No. 36 Sam Houston State (Rice, UTSA), No. 39 Liberty (Old Dominion), No. 41 Columbia (UTSA), No. 43 North Carolina (East Carolina) and No. 50 UCF (Florida Atlantic). Additionally, incoming C-USA member WKU defeated National Champion and No. 2 Vanderbilt, along with No. 5 Louisiana-Lafayette.
- Six different Conference USA players were honored as 2014 All-Americans, including East Carolina senior RHP Ryan Williams, FIU junior RHP Mike Franco, Middle Tennessee senior 1B Trent Miller, Rice senior 3B Shane Hoelscher, Rice sophomore LHP Blake Fox and UAB senior RHP Chase Mallard.
- Three C-USA players earned 2014 Freshman All-American honors, including FIU RHP Chris Mourelle, Florida Atlantic 2B Stephen Kerr and Old Dominion OF Nick Walker.
- Conference USA had four players that earned National Player of the Week honors in 2014: East Carolina RHP Jeff Hoffman, Rice OF Michael Aquino, Rice 1B Skyler Ewing and UAB RHP Chase Mallard.
- Four Conference USA schools (Southern Miss, Rice, East Carolina, Tulane) ranked among the top 36 nationally in average home attendance. Three of the four averaged at least 2,400 fans per game.
- Nine 2014 players and four 2014 teams ranked among the top 10 national leaders in the final 2014 NCAA statistics.
- Conference USA had 34 players chosen in the June Major League Baseball Draft, including the No. 9 overall selection (East Carolina's Jeff Hoffman). Eleven of the 2014 C-USA schools had at least one player selected.
- The league had 24 games televised nationally or regionally in 2014.
- Nine players from 2014 C-USA schools appeared on the 2014 opening day rosters of Major League Baseball teams.
Since its first season in 1996, Conference USA has established itself as a national power. Here are some of the league's accomplishments in its first 19 seasons:
The 12 current members of C-USA have also accomplished the following:
- At least one College World Series team in seven of the past 15 seasons.
- 60 NCAA Appearances
- Three National Players of the Year
- Three National Freshmen of the Year
- 139 All-Americans
- Schools have combined to win 40 or more games 61 times in the past 11 years
- Has had a team ranked No. 1 in the nation in four of the past 10 regular seasons
- Hosted 14 NCAA Regionals and six Super Regionals
- 2003 National Champions - Rice
- 95 all-time NCAA Appearances (63 since 1995)
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