LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego baseball team will be heading north this week to take on Dixie State College in the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer, Oregon.
The game between the third-seeded Tritons (32-22) and second-seeded Red Storm (32-18) is slated for 1 p.m (PT) on Thursday, May 17. The other first round match-up in the West will pit host and top-seeded Western Oregon (40-9) against the No. 4 seed, Chico State (37-15), at 5 p.m. (PT) on Thursday. The double elimination regional runs through Sunday, May 20.
"We are very excited to be heading to a regional," said UCSD head coach Eric Newman. "Our guys deserve a ton of credit for playing together and putting in the hard work to get to this point."
Making its sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA postseason, UCSD won its fourth straight California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Tournament title Saturday in La Jolla to pick up the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Regional.
UCSD and Dixie State have never met. The Red Storm are out of St. George, Utah, and the Pacific West Conference, where the team finished 25-15 in league play. The Pacific West does not sponsor a league tournament.
A total of 48 teams from around the nation will be competing in eight regionals (Atlantic, Central, East, Midwest, South, South Central, Southeast and West). The regional winners will advance to the NCAA Division II Championships, which will be held May 26 through June 2 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
UCSD advanced to the 2010 National Championship game in Cary.
Volcanoes Stadium is the home venue for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, a Class A short-season affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
Tickets for the West Regional will be on sale at the Volcanoes' ticket office prior to the tournament and on game day. One-day tickets will be $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. The tickets can be purchased through volcanoesbaseball.com or by calling 503.390.2225. Parking at the stadium will be $3 per vehicle.
For a complete listing of qualifiers, check out the 2012 NCAA Selection Show.
2012 NCAA DIVISION II BASEBALL WEST REGIONAL
Volcanoes Stadium • Keizer, Oregon
Thursday, May 17
Game 1: No. 2 Dixie State vs. No. 3 UC San Diego, 1:00 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 Western Oregon vs. No. 4 Chico State, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 18
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2, 1:00 p.m. (loser eliminated)
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2, 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 19
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4, 1:00 p.m. (loser eliminated)
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 20
Game 7: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5, noon (if necessary)
all times Pacific
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