Four Pac-10 Teams Selected For 2007 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament
May 28, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS - Four teams from the Pac-10 earned spots in the 64-team bracket for the 2007 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. ARIZONA STATE claimed the No. 5 seed overall after posting a regular season record of 43-13, 19-5 and winning the Pac-10 title for just the seventh time in school history. The Sun Devils will face fourth-seeded Monmouth in the first round of the NCAA Tempe Regional. The other schools in the Tempe Regional are Nebraska and UC Riverside.
Arizona's 'Road to Omaha' will begin with a trip east to the Wichita Regional. The No. 2-seeded Wildcats, who finished the regular season 40-15 overall and in second place in the Pac-10 with a 15-9 league mark, will face No. 3 seed Oral Roberts in the opening round. No. 1 seed and host school Wichita State and No. 4-seeded New Orleans round out the four-team regional. The regional schedule, which begins on Friday, June 1, will be announced at a later time. The 2007 regional invitation marks Arizona's return to the postseason after a one-year absence.
OREGON STATE was selected for an at-large berth in the NCAA Baseball Regionals, it was announced Monday morning. The Beavers (38-17 overall, 10-14 Pacific-10) will play Rutgers on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Charlottesville Regional. The other schools in the NCAA Charlottesville Regional are host Virginia and Lafayette. OSU, the defending national champion, has advanced to the College World Series each of the past two seasons by playing the NCAA Regionals and NCAA Super Regionals on its home field. The bid makes it three straight postseason trips for the Beavers for the first time in school history; the Beavers had made back-to-back trips to the postseason (NCAA Regionals or Pacific Coast/Pacific-10 Championship Series) in 1951-52, 1962-63, 1982-83 and 1985-86.
The Bruins , who earned a No. 2 seed at the NCAA Tournament's Long Beach Regional, will make their third NCAA Regional appearance in the last four years when they face No. 3 seed Pepperdine on Friday, June 1 in Long Beach, Calif. UCLA won both games against Pepperdine during the regular season. The Bruins defeated Pepperdine, 6-2, at home on April 17 and won, 4-1, in Malibu, Calif., on May 8. No. 1 seed Long Beach State will face No. 4 seed Illinois-Chicago at Long Beach State on Friday. Game times will be announced shortly. The Bruins will make their 13th appearance in an NCAA Regional, marking the program's first back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths since the 1999 and 2000 seasons. Last season, UCLA finished 1-2 as the No. 2 seed at the NCAA Tournament's Malibu Regional at Pepperdine.
Regionals are scheduled to be held from June 1-4 at sixteen host sites. For a complete look at the 64-team bracket and regional sites, please visit www.ncaasports.com.