Baseball Earns No. 3 Seed in NCAA Fullerton Regional
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The Virginia baseball team has earned an at-large selection in the NCAA Fullerton Regional, the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced this afternoon. Virginia earned a No. 3 seed and will face No. 2-seed UCLA Friday at 7 p.m. EDT at Goodwin Field in Fullerton, Calif. Host Cal State Fullerton, the No. 5 national seed, will take on Rider at 11 p.m. EDT. All games in the Fullerton bracket will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
Game times for the Fullerton Regional are as follows:
Friday (May 30) – 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Saturday (May 31) – 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Sunday (June 1) – 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Monday (June 2) – 11 p.m. (if necessary)
Virginia is making its school-record fifth-consecutive NCAA regional appearance. The Cavaliers hosted regionals in three of the last four years and played in the Corvallis Regional in 2005.
The Virginia baseball program will be making its first-ever appearance in the state of California. In fact, the Cavaliers have never faced a team from the state of California. Virginia has not taken on Rider since 1987. UVa holds a 3-0 edge in the all-time series with the Broncs.
UCLA went 31-25 (18-13 Pac-10) in the regular season and earned an at-large bid to the tournament as the Bruins make their third straight NCAA appearance. Rider (29-26, 16-16) won the MAAC tournament championship as the No. 4 seed and will be competing in its first NCAA regional since 1994. Cal State Fullerton (37-19, 16-8), the Big West co-champion with Long Beach State, is in the postseason for the 17th straight season and the 30th time in 34 years at the Division I level.
The Fullerton Regional will pair with the Stanford Regional (Palo Alto, Calif.). The Stanford Regional will feature Stanford (1), Pepperdine (2), Arkansas (3), and UC Davis (4).
All-tournament tickets are available now for $80 (reserved) and $68 (general admission). Individual game tickets, which go on sale at 12:01 a.m. PDT Tuesday, are $20 (box seats), $15 (reserved) and $10 (general admission).
Tickets may be ordered online at www.FullertonTitans.com/tickets.html.
Fullerton Regional Schedule (all televised by ESPNU)
Friday, May 30
7 p.m. – Game 1: No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 3 Virginia
11 p.m. – Game 2: No. 1 Cal State Fullerton vs. No. 4 Rider
Saturday, May 31
7 p.m. – Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2
11 p.m. – Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2
Sunday, June 1
7 p.m. – Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
11 p.m. – Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5
Monday, June 2
11 p.m. – Game 7: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 (if necessary)
*second game each day to begin at 11 p.m. or 50 minutes after game one