Cal Poly baseball squad makes NCAA tournament

May 27, 2013
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The Mustangs are Los Angeles bound.

For the second time in program history, the Cal Poly baseball team will appear in the Division 1 NCAA tournament.

The Mustangs finished the regular season 39-17 and landed a spot in the field of 64 at the Los Angeles regional. Cal Poly will face the University of San Diego in its first postseason game since 2009 on Friday at 2 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles.

UCLA will host the regional, although Jackie Robinson Stadium is not located on the Westwood campus. The NCAA selection committee awarded Cal Poly a No. 2 seed in the four-team, double elimination regional. Cal Poly will face either top-seeded UCLA or fourth-seeded San Diego State in its second game.

Franklin Fingers

Superfan Keith Franklin’s UC Irvine Anteaters did not receive a ticket to the dance. In his place, the Mustang faithful hope to rock on in Southern California this weekend.

The winner of the Los Angeles regional will play the winner of the Fullerton regional, which is hosted by Big West Conference Champion Cal State Fullerton. The two Southern California regional winners will meet in a double elimination super regional for a birth in the College World Series.

Cal Poly has yet to win a game in the Division 1 NCAA baseball tournament, going 0-2 in the 2009 Tempe Regional.

The Mustangs must win their four-team regional, followed by the two-team super regional and the eight-team College World Series in order to return to San Luis Obispo with the National Championship.

In addition to Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton, Big West member UC Santa Barbara earned a birth in the NCAA tournament.