May 26, 2014
COMPLETE PEPPERDINE RELEASE | COMPLETE NCAA BRACKET
MALIBU, Calif. - The NCAA released the 64-team Division I Baseball Championship field today and the Pepperdine baseball team will be heading to San Luis Obispo, Calif. for the regional.
The Waves drew the third seed in the four-team regional hosted by Cal Poly. Pepperdine will play second-seeded Arizona State in the opening game of the tournament on Friday at 1 p.m. (PT).
Top-seeded Cal Poly will play fourth-seed Sacramento State at 7 p.m. on Friday as well. The San Luis Obispo region is one of just two on the West Coast. The winner of the region will play the winner of the Fort Worth, Texas regional which includes #1 TCU, #2 Dallas Baptist, #3 Sam Houston State and #4 Siena.
The Waves (39-16) earned an automatic bid to the tournament after winning the WCC Tournament on Saturday. Cal Poly (45-10) won the Big West and Sacramento State (39-22) won the WAC to both earn automatic bids to the tournament as well. Arizona State (33-22) comes in as an at-large bid from the Pac-12.
Cal Poly is the only team in the regional that the Waves have faced this season as the two teams split a pair of games. Pepperdine won 11-4 at home on April 29 and the Mustangs grabbed a 5-1 victory in San Luis Obispo on May 6. The last time the Waves and Sun Devils played was in the 2004 NCAA Regional when Pepperdine downed ASU 15-5.
The regional is a double-elimination format, scheduled to be conducted from Friday, May 30, to Monday, June 2 (if necessary) with the winner moving on to the NCAA Super Regional.