Jan. 2, 2008
LONG BEACH, Calif. - 13 area college baseball coaches and their players will be available for the sixth annual Southern California College Baseball Media Day on Wednesday, February 13 starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Walter Pyramid. The area's college baseball fix will leadoff the season, which now has a uniform start date of February 22. The Dirtbag Baseball program will serve as the host and provide a catered lunch to the media following the event.
From San Luis Opispo to San Diego, professional baseball comes from Southern California. Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson (UCLA), Ozzie Smith (Cal Poly), Tony Gwynn (San Diego State) and Tom Seaver (USC) all played at area schools and over 150 former players are in the professional circuit. Gwynn is currently the head coach for San Diego State and will be at the event.
In the collegiate setting, area teams have made 46 College World Series appearances (USC-21, Cal State Fullerton-15, Long Beach State-4, Pepperdine-2, UCLA-2, Loyola Marymount-1, UC Irvine-1) and won 21 National Championships (USC-12, Cal State Fullerton-4, Pepperdine-1, UC Riverside-2 at D-II, CS Northridge-2 at D-II). In addition, the Titans and Anteaters both made it to Omaha last season.
This year seven, San Diego (No. 7), CS Fullerton (No. 16), Long Beach State (No. 17), UCLA (No. 18), UC Irvine (No. 26), Pepperdine (No. 29), UC Riverside (No. 35), are all ranked in Collegiate Baseball's Top-40 pre-season poll.
Head coaches and players from Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Cal State Northridge, Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara, USC, UCLA, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, the University of San Diego, and San Diego State will each talk about their teams, which will be broadcast over the web live for fans throughout the country.
Media are asked to RSVP to Niall Adler at Long Beach State, firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15 to reserve a spot. Out of town media are also encouraged to attend with accommodations for hotel rooms available.
Release Courtesy of Long Beach State Athletics