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Pepperdine to Face UCLA in NCAA Long Beach Regional Beginning Friday

May 28, 2007

Malibu, Calif. -

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The nationally-ranked Pepperdine baseball team will make its school-record tying fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance after receiving an at-large bid to the 64-team NCAA Championships, the NCAA announced on Monday. The Waves earned the No. 2 seed in the Long Beach Regional and will face UCLA Friday at Blair Field in Long Beach.

Pepperdine (35-20) will face the No. 3 seeded Bruins (30-26) at 3 p.m. Host Long Beach State (37-18), the regional's No. 1 seed, will meet No. 4 seed Illinois-Chicago (34-19) at 7 p.m.

Two games will be played on Friday, Saturday (3 p.m. and 7. p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m. and 6 p.m.), with a possible winner-take-all game on Monday beginning at 6 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday beginning at 10 a.m. and can be purchased by calling the Long Beach State ticket office at (562) 985-4949. All-session tickets will only be made available until the start of the regional.

The winner of the Long Beach Regional will face the San Diego Regional beginning either June 8 or 9 at a site to be determined.

This year marks the 24th time Pepperdine has advanced to the NCAA Tournament and seventh in the last nine years. The Waves have reached the championship game of a regional in each of the last three seasons.

Pepperdine last appeared in the Long Beach Regional in 2005 and advanced to the championship game where it lost to USC. Last season, the Waves hosted their first-ever regional and lost to Missouri in the title game.

Pepperdine finished third in the West Coast Conference (WCC) this season and had its three-year reign as conference champions ended by San Diego.

UCLA earned an at-large bid after finishing third in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 14-10 conference mark. The Bruins are making their 15th NCAA Tournament and second in a row.

Pepperdine and UCLA met in a second-round game of last year's Malibu Regional and the Waves posted a 6-0 victory.

Long Beach State, which finished second in the Big West Conference, earned an at-large bid and is making its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth in the last seven years. The 49ers and Waves met in an elimination game during the 2005 regional and Pepperdine recorded a 6-3 victory.

Illinois-Chicago, winner of the Horizon League Tournament, is making its third NCAA Tournament in the last five years.

Pepperdine met Long Beach State and UCLA twice earlier this season and lost all four mid-week meetings against the 49ers and Bruins. The Waves have never met Illinois-Chicago.

Long Beach Regional Schedule

Friday, June 1
Game 1: No. 2 Pepperdine (35-20) vs. No. 3 UCLA (30-26); 3 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 Long Beach State (37-18) vs.No. 4 Illinois Chicago (34-19)

Saturday, June 2
Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2; 3 p.m.
Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2; 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 3
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4; 2 p.m.
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner 5; 6 p.m.

Monday, June 4
Game 7: If necessary; 6 p.m.