In 1958, San Diego State won the NAIA Baseball National Championship, the one and only in program history. The team went 3-0 at the national championship which was hosted at Sul Ross College in Alpine, Texas. The Aztecs defeated Elon (11-1), St. Cloud State (17-0) and Southwestern Oklahoma (23-9). The team still holds the record for most runs scored in an NAIA national championship game (23) and at the time set NAIA championship game records for most hits (21), most runs by both teams (32), runs in one inning (12) and RBI (18). That year first baseman Jerry Smith, shortstop Tom Rinks and pitcher Steve Evans were named to the all-tournament team.
The NAIA recently met-up with teammates Mr. Larry Schimpf and Mr. Art Flaming…check out what they had to say about their national championship run and student-athlete experience. A big congrats to Mr. Schimpf and Mr. Flaming on their induction into the Hall of Fame.