SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Pepperdine, Arizona State and Sacramento State have been selected as the baseball teams filling out the field for the first-ever NCAA Division I San Luis Obispo Regional.
Cal Poly (45-10), selected as one of 16 regional hosts Sunday after clinching its first Big West Conference championship a week earlier, will play Sacramento State (39-22), champion of both the regular-season and tournament in the Western Athletic Conference, on Friday at 6 p.m. in Baggett Stadium.
First game of the four-team double-elimination regional will pit Arizona State (33-22) and Pepperdine (39-16) at 1 o'clock. Arizona State finished third in the Pac-12 Conference while Pepperdine claimed both the West Coast Conference regular-season and tournament titles.
Two more games will be played on both Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 6 p.m., with one game, if necessary, scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m. All games will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Winner of the San Luis Obispo Regional will take on the Fort Worth Regional champion in the Super Regional round June 6-8 or June 7-9. The four teams in the Fort Worth Regional are No. 7 national seed Texas Christian (42-15), Siena (26-31), Sam Houston State (41-17) and Dallas Baptist (40-19).
Monday's announcement of the 64-team bracket was made on ESPNU. The field will not be reseeded after play begins. Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be announced on NCAA.com on June 2 at approximately 8 p.m. Pacific.
Cal Poly, which shattered the school record for victories in a season, has qualified for its third regional, all in the last six years, this time earning the Big West's automatic bid with a 19-5 record for first place. The Mustangs were at-large selections for the regionals in both 2009 (Tempe Regional hosted by Arizona State) and 2013 (Los Angeles Regional hosted by UCLA).
By virtue of its sweep against UC Irvine last weekend, Long Beach State finished second in the Big West at 17-7, two games behind Cal Poly. The 49ers were the only team to win a series against Cal Poly this season, taking two of three games at Blair Field on April 25-27.
UC Irvine finished third at 15-9, losing its final eight Big West games of the season, while Cal State Fullerton, which won its final six conference games, including three at home against Cal State Northridge last weekend, placed fourth at 14-10. UC Santa Barbara was fifth at 12-12 after sweeping UC Davis over the weekend.
Long Beach State, UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton all received regional bids Monday.
The 49ers will play North Carolina (34-25) in the Gainesville Regional while the Anteaters face UNLV (35-23) in the Corvallis Regional. The Titans meet Nebraska (40-19) in the Stillwater Regional.
The national top eight seeds are Oregon State, Florida (40-21), Virginia (44-13), Indiana (42-13), Florida State (43-15), Louisiana-Lafayette (53-7), TCU and LSU (44-14-1). The top-eight seed for Indiana marks a first for a Big Ten institution.
The Southeastern Conference (SEC) led all conferences in the number of teams in the championship field with 10, the most ever for a single conference. The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has seven institutions, while the Big 12 and Pacific-12 Conference each have five selected.
Making the tournament for the first time are Kennesaw State of the Atlantic Sun Conference and Sacramento State. Overall, 32 of the 64 teams were in the field last year.
Miami (Florida) is in the field for the 42nd consecutive year, extending its own record. Florida State is making its 37th straight appearance, second all-time. Other long consecutive streaks: Cal State Fullerton (23), Rice (20) and South Carolina (15).
Cal Poly won the Big West title for the first time in its 18 years as a member of the conference, clinching the crown a week ago by sweeping Cal State Northridge on the road while UC Irvine was being swept by Cal State Fullerton at home.
Only other regional host in the West Region is Oregon State, the Pac-12 champion. The Beavers are 42-12 overall and claimed the Pac-12 title at 23-7 while Washington, 39-15 overall, finished second at 21-9. Arizona State, Oregon and Stanford rounded out the top five and all received regional bids.
In addition to UC Irvine and UNLV, Oregon State also will host North Dakota State (25-24).
Sacramento State, which won the Western Athletic Conference regular-season title, lost its first WAC tournament game to Bakersfield in Mesa, Arizona, but won four straight to win the tourney title and an automatic berth in the regionals. The Mustangs are 43-15 all-time against the Hornets, but the two schools have not met since the 2009 season.
There are 31 Division I conferences which received an automatic berth in the field of 64, along with 33 at-large selections. The 68th Men's College World Series begins play June 14, at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska.
2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship
(All times Pacific)
Baton Rouge Regional hosted by LSU
#1 LSU (44-14-1) vs. #4 Southeastern La. (37-23), 12 noon, ESPN3
#2 Houston (44-15) vs. #3 Bryant (42-14), 5 p.m., ESPN3
Bloomington Regional hosted by Indiana
#1 Indiana (42-13) vs. #4 Youngstown State (16-36), 4 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Indiana State (35-16) vs. #3 Stanford (30-23), 11 a.m., ESPN3
Charlottesville Regional hosted by Virginia
#1 Virginia (44-13) vs. #4 Bucknell (30-19-1), 11 a.m., ESPN3
#2 Arkansas (38-23) vs. #3 Liberty (41-16), 4 p.m., ESPNU
Coral Gables Regional hosted by Miami (Florida)
#1 Miami (Florida) (41-17) vs. #4 Bethune-Cookman (26-31), 4 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Texas Tech (40-18) vs. #3 Columbia (29-18), 11 a.m., ESPN3
Corvallis Regional hosted by Oregon State
#1 Oregon State (42-12) vs. #4 North Dakota State (25-24), 8 p.m., ESPNU
#2 UNLV (35-23) vs. #3 UC Irvine (35-22), 2 p.m., ESPN3
Columbia Regional hosted by South Carolina
#1 South Carolina (42-16) vs. #4 Campbell (40-19), 4 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Maryland (36-21) vs. #3 Old Dominion (36-24), 10 a.m., ESPN3
Fort Worth Regional hosted by TCU
#1 TCU (42-15) vs. #4 Siena (26-31), 5 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Dallas Baptist (40-19) vs. #3 Sam Houston State (41-17), 12:30 p.m., ESPN3
Gainesville Regional hosted by Florida
#1 Florida (40-21) vs. #4 Col. of Charleston (41-17), 4 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Long Beach State (32-24) vs. #3 North Carolina (34-25), 10 a.m., ESPN3
Houston Regional hosted by Rice
#1 Rice (41-18) vs. #4 George Mason (34-20), 5 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Texas (38-18) vs. #3 Texas A&M (33-24), 1 p.m., ESPNU
Lafayette Regional hosted by La.-Lafayette
#1 La.-Lafayette (53-7) vs. Jackson State (31-23), 4 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Mississippi State (37-22) vs. #3 San Diego State (42-19), 11 a.m., ESPN3
Louisville Regional hosted by Louisville
#1 Louisville (45-15) vs. #4 Kent State (36-21), 3 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Kentucky (35-23) vs. #3 Kansas (34-24), 11 a.m., ESPN3
Nashville Regional hosted by Vanderbilt
#1 Vanderbilt (41-18) vs. #4 Xavier (29-27), 5 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Oregon (42-18) vs. #3 Clemson (36-23), 10 a.m., ESPN3
Oxford Regional hosted by Ole Miss
#1 Ole Miss (41-18) vs. #4 Jacksonville State (36-25), 5 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Washington (39-15-1) vs. #3 Georgia Tech (36-25), 1 p.m., ESPN3
San Luis Obispo Regional hosted by Cal Poly
#1 Cal Poly (45-10) vs. #4 Sacramento State (39-22), 6 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Arizona State (33-22) vs. #3 Pepperdine (39-16), 1 p.m., ESPN3
Stillwater Regional hosted by Oklahoma State
#1 Oklahoma State (45-16) vs. #4 Binghamton (25-25), 4 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Nebraska (40-19) vs. #3 Cal State Fullerton (32-22), 10 a.m., ESPNU
Tallahassee Regional hosted by Florida St.
#1 Florida State (43-15) vs. #4 Ga. Southern (39-21), 3 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Alabama (34-22) vs. #3 Kennesaw State (37-21), 9 a.m., ESPN3
Cal Poly Ticket Information
Price for each all-session general admission ticket for adults is $60, good for each of the six or seven games in the four-team double-elimination regional. The price for youth 2-13 years of age as well as seniors 60 and over is $40.
All-session general admission tickets are available for purchase online at www.gopoly.com, by telephone at (805) 756-4TIX or (866) GoStangs and at the Cal Poly Athletics Ticket Office adjacent to the Recreation Center on campus. There will be extended hours beginning Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets on Friday, May 30, will only be available at the Baggett Stadium Ticket Office.
Individual game tickets, if available, will go on sale Thursday, May 29, at 9 a.m. Prices are $20 for reserved seats, $15 for general admission (adults) and $13 for general admission (youth 2-13, seniors 60 and over and Cal Poly students).
Parking will be $10. Stampede Club parking permits are NOT valid for the regional. Only Cal Poly faculty, staff and student permits are valid.
For more information, contact the Cal Poly Athletics Ticket Office at (805) 756-4TIX or (866) GoStangs.