May 17, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego and San Diego State University have teamed up to make a bid to host one of 16 NCAA College Baseball Regionals at Tony Gwynn Stadium. If the proposal is approved, the four-team event would be held June 1-4. The NCAA will announce its 64 team field and 16 NCAA Regional sites on Monday, May 28th, with their `Road To Omaha' selection show on ESPN beginning at 9:30 a.m. (PT).
"I want to thank Jeff Schemmel, Tony Gwynn and San Diego State Athletics for working with us to help make this happen," said Ky Snyder, USD Executive Director of Athletics. "The spirit of cooperation from San Diego State is greatly appreciated by Torero Athletics. The potential of hosting the NCAA Regionals in San Diego is great for college baseball and we hope we are successful with our bid."
Tony Gwynn Stadium is already being hailed as one of the top college baseball stadiums in the country. Baseball America has ranked Tony Gwynn Stadium as the fifth-best collegiate facility in the nation and the second-best park in the western half of the nation. The stadiums dimensions are 340 feet down the left field line, 340 feet down the right field line, and 412 to dead center field. Distance to the power alleys is 365 feet. Seating capacity of the stadium is 3,000. Of the 2,200 permanent seats installed, 800 are armchair-style around the stadium at the field level and up through the plaza level behind the home plate area. The other 1,800 are comprised of bleacher benches down both base lines.
"We are happy to be able to assist USD in its effort to host an NCAA Baseball Regional at San Diego State. Their play this season certainly warrants the opportunity to obtain a home field advantage in the NCAA tournament, and we believe it is important for San Diego State to be a good neighbor," said SDSU Athletics Director Jeff Schemmel. "The event would provide national exposure for Division I college baseball in San Diego and showcase our facility, Tony Gwynn Stadium, which is one of the top collegiate baseball stadiums in the country."
"This is a unique opportunity for the city of San Diego to host a Division I baseball Regional, something that hasn't been done here previously. It's also a chance for local baseball fans to see some excellent college ball and at the same time show off the city and our facility," said SDSU head coach Tony Gwynn. "We're glad to have this opportunity to assist USD with their effort to host here and give local baseball some well-deserved exposure. It's something that will hopefully benefit both schools both now and in the future."
The USD Toreros, currently ranked No. 5 in this week's Baseball America poll, own an overall record of 41-15. Before the field of 64 is announced on May 28th, USD will play host to the 2007 West Coast Conference Championships (May 25-27) against WCC runner-up Gonzaga. The team that advances from this best two-of-three format will earn the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Under the direction of ninth-year head coach Rich Hill, the Toreros are gunning for their fourth NCAA Regional appearance.
"Jeff Schemmel and Tony Gwynn, along with the entire SDSU family, have shown exemplary class and sportsmanship and my hat is off to them," said USD baseball head coach Rich Hill. "Hopefully the selection committee will reward our body of work this year, and we can make this not just a USD Regional, but make it a City of San Diego Regional."