Elusive Quest For The Perfect Season Difficult

Editor/Collegiate Baseball

NORWALK, Calif. — The holy grail for every college baseball coach in the nation is the elusive perfect season with no losses.

In the history of college baseball on all levels, Collegiate Baseball is only aware of one perfect season with teams that have played 40 or more games.

That magical season took place at Cerritos College under ABCA Hall of Fame coach Wally Kincaid as the Falcons rolled to a 40-0 record in 1966.

It has been 55 years since that magical season without any college baseball team running the table through the regular season and post-season.

In fact, Kincaid enjoyed the greatest college baseball winning streak in history at 60 games during the 1965-1967 seasons. His 1970 team came close to perfection with a 40-1 record.

He coached 22 seasons at Cerritos as his teams won six California Community College state titles, more than any other coach in California history.

Kincaid compiled a record of 678-163 and sent over 150 former players into professional baseball.

It is nearly impossible to go through a long college baseball season and have an unblemished record.

The longest winning streak to start a season in NCAA Division I is 34 (Florida Atlantic in 1999 and Texas in 1977).

The NCAA Division II record is 46 straight wins to start a season in 2000 by Savannah St.

Trinity (CT) owns the NCAA Division III record with 44 consecutive wins to start the 2008 season.

On the NJCAA level, Howard (TX) came close to pulling off the perfect season with a 63-1 record in 2009 and won 57 games in a row at one point.

Lansing Community College (MI) rolled to a 38-1 record this season with its only loss being 5-4 to Muskegon C.C. (MI) in 8 innings.

Two teams this season had lengthy winning streaks to start the year in Tennessee Wesleyan (22-0) and Fairfield (28-0) before those streaks bit the dust.

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