Five Pac-12 baseball teams earn NCAA bids
SAN FRANCISCO - Pac-12 baseball teams earned five berths to the 2019 NCAA Baseball Championship, the Division I Baseball Selection Committee announced today. Pac-12 champion UCLA earned the Pac-12's automatic bid and host a regional site along with at-large selections OREGON STATE and STANFORD. ARIZONA STATE and CALIFORNIA also earned at-large bids. Five NCAA bids is the most for the Conference since 2015 when six teams were selected.
Regionals are played from May 31-June 3, 2019 at 16 campus sites, in a four-team, double-elimination format with the 16 winning teams advancing to the Super Regionals.
Pac-12 baseball is far and away the most successful conference in terms of NCAA titles and postseason success. With Oregon State’s 2018 NCAA title, the Pac-12 has won 29 NCAA titles all-time, including three of the last seven. Pac-12 baseball teams have reached the CWS title series in four of the last seven years (Oregon State 2018; Arizona 2016, 2012; UCLA 2013); eight of the last 15; and 12 of the last 20. The Pac-12’s 29 NCAA titles nearly triple the amount of all other conferences with the Big 12 being next closest at 10. With Washington’s first program appearance in the 2018 NCAA College World Series, all 11 league programs have now reached the CWS. The only other league to have all of their baseball programs reach the CWS is the SEC.
UCLA (47-8, 24-5) was named the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second-time in program history and for the first time since 2015, which was also the last time it hosted an NCAA regional. The Pac-12 Champion Bruins’ regular season has been one for the record books, posting new program records for regular season wins and conference wins. It marks UCLA’s 23rd all-time appearance as it hosts Omaha, LMU and Baylor in the NCAA regionals. As one of the top eight seeds, the Bruins also have a chance to host the Super Regionals.
Stanford (41-11, 22-7) earned the No. 11 seed and host an NCAA Regional for the third-straight year. Stanford and Oregon State are now two of only four teams in the nation to be named a regional host for the last three years. It marks the Cardinal’s 35th all-time NCAA bid and sixth-straight. They host Sacramento State, Fresno State and UC Santa Barbara in the NCAA Regionals.
Reigning NCAA Champion Oregon State (36-18-1, 21-8) host an NCAA Regional for a school record third-straight year. Last year, OSU became the second team in history to advance to three CWS Championship Series and win the title in each appearance (2018, 2007, 2006). The Beavers earn their 19th all-time appearance and host Cincinnati, Michigan and Creighton in the Corvallis Regional.
Arizona State (37-17, 16-13) makes its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2016. With its 40th all-time appearance, the Sun Devils move into a tie for the sixth-most NCAA bids of any school. The national home run leaders for the 2019 season (92) vie for their sixth NCAA title and first since 1981. They travel to host school LSU and are joined by Stony Brook and Southern Mississippi in the Baton Rouge Regional.
California (32-18, 17-11) reaches the postseason for first time since 2015 and 14th time overall. Led by defending Golden Spikes Award winner first baseman Andrew Vaughn, the Golden Bears look to reach their first NCAA College World Series since 2011 and claim their first NCAA title since 1957. Cal is one of only 14 schools in the nation with multiple NCAA titles (1947, 1957). The Golden Bears start their journey at the Fayetteville Regional hosted by Arkansas and are joined by TCU and Central Connecticut State.
Selection of the eight Super Regional hosts will be announced on www.ncaa.com/cws, Tuesday, June 4 at approximately 5 a.m. (PT) and will be played from June 7-10. The 73rd Men’s College World Series begins play Saturday, June 15 at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Neb.
2019 Division I NCAA Baseball Championship
Regionals: May 31
LMU (Calif.) vs. Baylor – 1 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Omaha at #1 UCLA – 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Los Angeles, Calif.
Sacramento State at #11 STANFORD – 1 p.m. PT, ESPN3
Fresno State vs. UC Santa Barbara – 7 p.m. PT, ESPN3
Michigan vs. Creighton – 1 p.m. PT, ESPN3
Cincinnati at #16 OREGON STATE – 7 p.m. PT, ESPN3
ARIZONA STATE vs. Southern Mississippi – 10 a.m. PT, ESPN3
Stony Brook at #13 LSU – 4 p.m. PT, ESPN3
Baton Rouge, La.
Central Connecticut State at #5 Arkansas – 11 a.m. PT, ESPN3
CALIFORNIA vs. TCU – 4 p.m. PT, ESPN3