May 29, 2006
San Bruno, CA - Pepperdine, San Diego, and San Francisco earned bids to the NCAA Baseball Championship, as announced by the NCAA selection committee on Monday. The three teams selected ties a conference record, as three conference squads also participated in NCAA regionals in 1988. It also marks the first time since 2003 that the WCC has received an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Pepperdine will host a regional for the first time in program history as the Waves will welcome Missouri, UCLA, and UC Irvine to Eddy D. Field Stadium this weekend. Pepperdine earned a No. 1 seed in the tournament, and will play No. 4 seed Missouri to open the regional. The Waves captured the WCC's automatic bid to the postseason by taking two-of-three from USF in the WCC Championship Series over the weekend.
San Francisco made history by earning the first regional selection in program history after claiming a share of the WCC regular season title for the first time. The Dons received a No. 3 seed in the Lincoln, NE regional and will play No. 2 seed Miami (Fla.) in first round action. The host Huskers and No. 4 seed Manhattan round out the field at the Lincoln regional.
San Diego received an at large bid after posting a 32-23 record and recording several important non-conference wins during the 2006 season. The Toreros will head to the Fullerton Regional as a No. 3 seed and will face No. 2 seed Fresno State in first round play. The Cal State Fullerton Titans, the No. 5 national seed, and No. 4 seed St. Louis will also meet in first round action.
2006 NCAA Baseball Championship
3. UC Irvine
2. Miami (Fla.)
3. San Francisco
1. Cal State Fullerton
2. Fresno State
3. San Diego
4. St. Louis