May 29, 2012
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- Following their 18th West Coast Conference baseball title the Pepperdine Waves are headed to the NCAA Regionals for the first time since 2008. WCC runner-up San Diego will head north to compete in the UCLA Regional. This marks the first time since 2008 the WCC has had multiple postseason teams.
The regional's double-elimination format will pit the No. 2-seeded Waves (34-21, 16-8 WCC) against the No. 3 seed Michigan State Spartans (37-21, 13-11 Big 10) in game one on Klein Field at Sunken Diamond on Friday, June 1 at 1 p.m. PT. The other game features the host, No. 1 seed Stanford who will face off with the No. 4 seed Fresno State.
Meanwhile, the University of San Diego baseball team has learned it will be headed back to the post season for the seventh time in program history. The Toreros will head up to Los Angels for the UCLA Regional and will be the No. 2 seed in this regional playing the No. 3 seeded University of New Mexico on Friday at 3 p.m. The winner of this game will play the winner of the No. 2 national seeded UCLA and Creighton on Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Toreros enter the regional after putting together the third best regular-season in program history at 40-15, and USD finished second in the West Coast Conference with a 15-9. The Toreros offense is paced by Kris Bryant, who is hitting .359 with 74 hits, 16 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs and 57 RBI. Bryant also is bolstering a .660 slugging percentage, while having an on base percentage of .478. The Toreros pitching rotation in anchored down by senior right-hander Paul Sewald, who is 8-3 with a 2.83 ERA. USD has never played New Mexico or Creighton in program history, and the Toreros are 7-19 against the Bruins all-time, with the last meeting coming on May 6, 2008, a 5-3 USD win in Los Angeles.
The Waves entered last weekend tied with San Diego for tops in the WCC. After defeating the Toreros 4-0 on Friday, they fell 10-5 on Saturday, setting up a winner-takes-all game on Sunday. The Waves, behind a stellar performance from starting pitcher Corey Miller (Laguna Niguel, Calif./JSerra HS), defeated the Toreros 5-1 to win their first WCC title since 2006.
The Waves are 1-0 all-time against Michigan State, with their only matchup fittingly coming in the 1979 NCAA Mid-East Regional, played in East Lansing, Mich. The Waves defeated the Spartans 15-0 in the first game of the regional. That Pepperdine squad went on to compete in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
All-session tickets will go on sale on Tuesday with prices ranging from $60 (full price reserved) to $40 (general admission) to $25 (discounted general admission). Patrons can call 1-800-STANFORD or visit gostanford.com to purchase tickets. Single game tickets will go on sale the day of the game.
--from pepperdinesports.com and usdtoreros.com.