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CSF, LBSU Square Off In Super Regional

Links associated with this release:
2017 NCAA Baseball Championship Bracket
College World Series Information

6/7/2017

The Titans and Dirtbags will meet in their third series this season, with a berth in Omaha on the line.

Big West Baseball Release - Week 17


CSF, LBSU Square Off In Super Regional

The Big West sent two teams to the 64-team NCAA Baseball Championship - Big West Champion Long Beach State and at-large selection Cal State Fullerton.  The Dirtbags hosted a Regional for the first time since 2008, while the Titans hit the road for the Stanford Regional.  Both teams advanced to the Super Regional, but unfortunately their respective Regionals were paired up so the SoCal rivalry will heat up once again in a three-game-series for the third time this season. 

Long Beach State is slated to host the Super Regional, its first appearance since 2004, Friday, June 9 - Sunday, June 11 with the winner headed to Omaha for the College World Series.   This marks the first time in conference history that two Big West teams will meet in Super Regional action and the first time two conference teams have met in the postseason since Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine squared off in the 2007 College World Series.  The teams have played two three-game-series this year and the Dirtbags own a 5-1 record over that span.  They swept the Titans in a nonconference scoring series at Blair Field back in March before taking 2-of-3 from them at Goodwin Field  in the final week of Big West play. Three of the six contests were decided by one-run, two of which were in extra innings.


Big West

• The Big West sent two teams to the 64-team NCAA Baseball Championship.  Big West Champion Long Beach State and at-large selection Cal State Fullerton.  The Dirtbags hosted a Regional for the first time since 2008, while the Titans hit the road for the Stanford Regional.  Both teams advanced to the Super Regional, but unfortunately their respective Regionals were paired up so the SoCal rivalry will heat up once again in a three-game-series for the third time this season.  Long Beach State is slated to host the Super Regional, its first appearance since 2004, Friday, June 9 - Sunday, June 11 with the winner headed to Omaha for the College World Series.   This marks the first time in conference history that two Big West teams will meet in Super Regional action and the first time two conference teams have met in the postseason since Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine squared off in the 2007 College World Series.

• With LBSU and CSF facing off in the Long Beach Super Regional this weekend, the Big West Conference is guaranteed to be represented in the College World Series for the fourth consecutive year. If Long Beach State were to advance, it would be the fourth different team in four years to make the trip to Omaha - UC Irvine (2014), Cal State Fullerton (2015) and UC Santa Barbara (2016).

• The Big West has now sent at least one team to the Super Regionals 14 out of the last 15 years with Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State advancing this year.  The 2012 season was the lone year where the Big West was not represented at the Super Regionals.

• Since 2000 the Big West Conference has posted a 139-95 (.594) record in the NCAA Tournament, which includes 18 Super Regional appearances, nine College World Series participants and one national champion (Cal State Fullerton, 2004). 

• The Big West has had two baseball National Championships, with both of them claimed by the Cal State Fullerton Titans (1995, 2004).  The other two titles the Titans earned in 1979 and 1984 were when they were competing in the Southern California Baseball Association (SCBA).  In all, the conference has sent five different teams to the College World Series - Cal State Fullerton, former member Fresno State (1988, 1991), Long Beach State, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara.



Cal State Fullerton


• The 2017 season marked the 39th year the Titans have competed in the NCAA Regionals - 31st as a Big West member.  It was also the 26th consecutive year Cal State Fullerton has received a postseason berth, marking the second-longest active consecutive streak in the nation behind and Florida State (40 years).

• Cal State Fullerton received the second seed in the Stanford Regional that included host and No. 1 seed Stanford, No. 3 BYU and No. 4 Sacramento State.    It was the third time the Titans played a regional at Stanford. The Titans opened Regional play with a 13-2 win over the Cougars before downing Stanford in two straight contests, 4-1 and 4-2, to advance to the Super Regionals for the 13th time.

• Overall, the Titans have won 22 regional titles – including a national best 12 on the road (two each in Fresno and Baton Rouge and one each at USC, Austin, Starkville, Stillwater, South Bend, Stanford, Tempe and San Diego). Prior to 2000, the Titans had never hosted a regional.

• Cal State Fullerton now heads to Blair Field to battle Big West foe Long Beach State in a best-of-three series in the Super Regional.  This marks the third time the teams have played a three-game series this year.  The Dirtbags swept the Titans on their home turf back in March in the nonconference-scoring series and then took 2-of-3 from Fullerton in the final week of conference play. Three of the six contests were decided by one-run, two of which were in extra innings.

• Cal State Fullerton’s all-time NCAA record is 155-83 (.651) including Regional (100-43, .707); Super Regional (18-11, .620) and 34-29 (.540) in Omaha.

• The Titans have never gone winless in regional play, the only program with 38-plus appearances (eight programs total) to do so. They have gone 0-2 only twice in a Super Regional (2008 & 2013) and six times in Omaha (1975, 1982, 1990, 2007, 2009 and 2015).

• The Titans have won four National Titles (1979, 1984, 1995, 2004). 

• Cal State Fullerton has had five College World Series Outstanding Players.


Long Beach State


• This year marked the 22nd postseason trip for Long Beach State and the third NCAA Regional appearance in four seasons for the Dirtbags, after LBSU went to the Gainesville Regional in 2014 and the Coral Gables Regional in 2016.

• Long Beach State earned the Big West Conference’s automatic qualifier into the NCAA Baseball Championship after claiming its first Big West championship since 2008 with a 20-4 mark.  It marks the first time the Dirtbags have won 20 conference games in a season since 1998, and the Dirtbags won the conference title by an impressive four games over Cal Poly.

• Long Beach State hosted a Regional for the first time since 2008 which included No. 2-seeded Texas, No. 3 seed UCLA and fourth-seeded San Diego State at Blair Field.  The Dirtbags opened the Regional with a 6-0 victory over the Aztecs.  They followed that up with a 12-inning, 5-3 loss to Texas which dropped them into the elimination bracket.   LBSU then powered through SDSU for the second time, 7-4, before knocking off Texas twice, 4-3 and 2-1, to send the Dirtbags to their first Super Regional since 2004.

* The four wins earned during the Regional bumped LBSU’s win total to 41, marking the first time it eclipsed the 40-win threshold since 2004. It’s also a huge improvement over last year’s 28-22 record.

• The Dirtbags are hosting Big West foe Cal State Fullerton in the first-ever Big West Conference Super Regional showdown this weekend.  The teams have played two three-game-series this year and the Dirtbags own a 5-1 record over that span.  They swept the Titans in a nonconference scoring series at Blair Field back in March before taking 2-of-3 from them at Goodwin Field  in the final week of Big West play. Three of the six contests were decided by one-run, two of which were in extra innings.

• No. 7 Long Beach State currently ranks second in the nation in shutouts with 11.  In 2016, the Dirtbags pitching staff only recorded five shutouts.
 
Along with their impressive shutout count, the Dirtbags are sporting a 3.02 earned run average to rank sixth in the country.  They are led by senior Dave Smith, who has allowed just 13 earned runs in 88.1 innings for a league-leading 1.32 ERA, to rank third in the nation.

The Long Beach State pitching staff  also sits fourth in the nation in walks allowed per nine innings (2.37) and 10th in strikeout-to-walk ration (3.01).
• Long Beach State entered the postseason having won the final 10 weekend series of the regular season.

• In the history of the Dirtbags program, Long Beach State has made four College World Series Appearances (‘89, ‘91, ‘93, ‘98).




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