Reaching the Men’s College World Series is no easy feat. Just ask the most recent No. 1 teams in college baseball.
In 2019, UCLA was the consensus No. 1 team heading into the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. It lost in the Los Angeles super regional. In 2021, Arkansas was universally viewed as the top team in baseball. The Razorbacks couldn’t make it out of the Fayetteville super regional. This year, Tennessee posted one of the greatest seasons of all time. The Volunteers, too, fell at home in their super-regional.
The eight teams headed to Omaha in 2022 have accomplished plenty already this season just in arriving at Charles Schwab Field Omaha.
But which team has made it to the Men’s College World Series the most? The Sporting News takes a look back at the history of the CWS.
Most College World Series appearances
The 2022 Men’s College World Series will be the 75th time it has been held. By making an appearance in Omaha this year, Texas will have officially been in more than half of the all-time tournaments.
The Longhorns have been to the College World Series 38 times, leading all of college baseball. No other program has reached the CWS more than 25 times.
The College World Series began with only two teams each in 1947 and 1948 before expanding to four teams in 1949. Then, in 1950, the College World Series began to have eight teams. It has stayed that way ever since.
There have been six teams that have recorded at least 20 appearances in the College World Series: Texas (38), Miami (25), Florida State (23), Arizona State (22), USC (21) and Oklahoma State (20).
Along with being one of the few teams with at least 20 CWS appearances, the Cowboys also hold the record for the longest streak of consecutive trips, having reached each year from 1981-87. Northern Colorado (though at the time, it was Colorado State College) made six consecutive trips from 1957-62 and Miami made six straight trips from 1994-99.
The conference most well-represented in college baseball’s championship tournament is the SEC, which has seen 90 teams reach the College World Series. The next closest conference is the Pac-12, which during its combined time as the Pac-8, Pac-10 and Pac-12, has totaled 66 appearances. The ACC is next up with 55.
The Big 12, which was established in 1994, has 29 titles, though it would have 98 including the conferences that had merged to form it (Southwest Conference, 36; Big 8, 30; Big 12, 29; Big Seven, 3).
Though USC has the most national championship titles at 12, Texas has the most game wins at 88. The Trojans have 74 wins and the best winning percentage of any team that has reached at least five times (.740). Coastal Carolina can boast, however, that it is the only team with one appearance and one national championship, having reached in 2016 and won it all.
The longest active drought among schools that have been at least once belongs to Yale, which last appeared in the College World Series in 1948.