May 27, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -The University of San Diego baseball team has learned it will be playing in the UCLA Regional of the NCAA Tournament this upcoming week. The Toreros are the No. 3 seed in this regional and will square off against Cal Poly on Friday at 2 p.m. The two other remaining teams in the bracket are the NO. 1 seed UCLA Bruins and the No. 4 seeded San Diego State Aztecs.
The four-team, double-elimination regional will be played at Jackie Robinson Stadium from Friday, May 31 through Monday, June 3 (if necessary). Winner of the Los Angeles Regional will face the Fullerton Regional champion (Cal State Fullerton, Columbia, Arizona State, New Mexico) in the Super Regionals June 7-9 or 8-10. The College World Series is slated for June 15-26 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.
Tickets to UCLA NCAA Regional games at Jackie Robinson Stadium will go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. Fans will only be able to purchase tickets online through UCLA's Central Ticket Office (tickets.ucla.edu). Beginning Monday, fans may only purchase All-Session Reserved or All-Session General Admission packages. All-session reserved tickets will cost $80 for adults and $65 for students and youth. All-session general admission tickets will cost $55 for adults and $40 for students and youth.
Single-game tickets will not be available until Friday.
San Diego enters the tournament with an overall record of 35-23 after a thrilling 2-0 win over the University of San Francisco on Saturday evening in the WCC Championship game at Banner Island Ballpark. Kris Bryant, who is hitting .340 with 73 hits, 13 doubles, three triples, paces San Diego's offense and has a nation's best 31 home runs. He has also driven in 62 runs on the season. The 31 home runs is a modern era NCAA single-season record. Since the NCAA switched to the BBCORE bats, no one has hit more than 30 home runs. USD's line-up also features two other batters hitting over .300 in AJ Robinson (.326) and Connor Joe (.321). On the mound, USD's pitching rotation is anchored down by freshman lefty PJ Conlon, who is 9-0 with a 1.65 ERA.
The Mustangs enter the tournament with an overall record of 39-17 after taking two-of-three from future WCC member Pacific this past weekend. Denver Chavez, who is hitting .362 with 84 hits, 14 doubles, three triples, one home run and 21 RBI, paces the Cal Poly offense. On the mound, the Mustangs pitching rotation is anchored down by Joey Wagman, who is 12-3 with an ERA of 3.11, and an impressive 100 strikeouts. USD is 28-29 all-time against the Mustangs, and last faced them on Mar. 2, 2012, a 5-4 USD win at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
UCLA enters the tournament with an overall record of 39-17 after dropping two-of-three to Stanford this past weekend. The Bruins lead he all-time series at 19-7, but the Toreros did with the last meeting between the two, 5-3, back on May 6, 2008 at Jackie Robinson Stadium behind Kevin Hansen'sfirst career home run. Kevin Kramer, who is hitting .290 with 61 hits, 11 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 38 RBI, paces the Bruins offense. On the mound, the Bruins ace of the staff comes in the form of Adam Plutko, who is 7-3 with a 2.60 ERA in 97.0 innings of work.
The Aztecs enter the tournament with an overall record of 31-29 after upsetting New Mexico in the Mountain West Tournament Championship game this past Sunday. SDSU leads the all-time series at 67-51-2, including winning all three match ups this season at Fowler Park. However, USD has won four of the last seven meetings. Tim Zier, who is hitting .346 with 85 hits, 13 doubles, two triples, one home run and 41 RBI, leads the San Diego State Aztecs offensively. On the mound, Michael Cederoth, who is 3-8 with a 4.15 ERA on the year, anchors SDSU's rotation down.