May 30, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO --- A group of nearly 100 gathered at The Republic on Monday morning to watch the NCAA Tournament live selection show, which announced that USF will be playing in the Los Angeles regional, hosted by UCLA.
The Bruins (33-21) are the regional's No. 1 seed, UC Irvine (39-16) is the second seed, Fresno State (40-14) is the third seed and USF is the fourth seed. USF opens regional play against host UCLA at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 3.
"I thought going to UCLA was a great possibility and the way it worked out for our fans and USF was great," USF coach Nino Giarratano said. "It's nice to be in a region with the Pac-10 and WAC champions and to get a chance to compete with them."
San Francisco has played three-game series against both UCLA and Fresno State this season. The Dons' opened their season at UCLA on Feb. 18-20, where the Bruins won all three games 1-0, 4-1 and 3-0.
"We are familiar with UCLA's pitchers Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer and know how fabulous they are so we won't be surprised when we get there," Giarratano said. " We know the challenges that are ahead of us and are excited to get to work."
USF traveled to Fresno State from April 1-3 where the Bulldogs won the first two games 5-3 and 4-3 before the Dons won the third game 4-3.
"I think this is a great chance for us," junior first baseman Nik Balog said. "It's nice to play in a regional where we have already seen two of the three teams. It's also a big plus that we've already played at UCLA this season and know what the ballpark is like."
Tickets for NCAA Regional games at Jackie Robinson Stadium will go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. Fans will only be able to purchase tickets through UCLA's Central Ticket Office (310-825-2101).
Beginning Tuesday, fans may only purchase All-Session Reserved ($80 adult, $55 student) or All-Session General Admission packages ($55 adult, $50 student). The student prices apply to all grade school, high school and college students.