Three Bay Area schools were selected Monday for the 64-team NCAA Division I college baseball tournament, including USF, which will be making its first trip to the postseason since 2006.
The Dons will be part of the UCLA regional. 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 UCLA on Friday at 6 p.m.
"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."
USF has played both UCLA and Fresno State previously this season, dropping all three to the Bruins and losing two of three to the Bulldogs.
Elsewhere, Stanford (32-20) will be playing in the Fullerton regional with Cal State Fullerton, Kansas State (36-23) and Illinois (28-25). The Cardinal open regional play Friday at 4 p.m. against Kansas State.
The final Bay Area team into the tournament is Cal (31-20), which will travel to Houston as part of a regional that includes Baylor (29-26), Alcorn State (27-28) and Rice (41-19).
Cal opens play Friday at noon against Baylor.
The 16 regional winners move on to the best-of-three super regionals. Those eight winners advance to the College World Series, which begins June 18 at the new TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Nebraska after 61 years at Rosenblatt Stadium.
USF vs. UCLA: Friday, 6 p.m.; at Los Angeles
Stanford vs. Kansas State: Friday, 4 p.m.; at Fullerton
Cal vs. Baylor: Friday, noon; at Houston