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05-25-2009, 09:39 AM
It will be...

Zags vs Georgia Southern
Zags vs winner of Utah/CS-Fullerton (if Zags beat GSU)

...in Rounds 1 and 2.

To be played at CS-Fullerton.

05-25-2009, 10:34 AM
This LSU site has the pairings up (http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5900&ATCLID=3742971&db_oem_id=5200), and there's a pdf file for the bracket attached (though the right side where GU is is clipped short.)

Edited to add: This pdf file from Chron.com (http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/ncaa/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/09-MCWS-64-team-bracket.pdf) for the bracket is easier to read.

05-25-2009, 10:40 AM
Looks Round 1 is played May 29 - June 1.

When Gonzaga releases the details (times, days), post it here.

05-25-2009, 11:06 AM
As posted on the CS Fullerton website...


I will go to Sunday's games assuming the Zags don't lose the first two.

05-25-2009, 11:08 AM
Remember, it's double elimination - which means the last team in each group of 4 w/o 2 losses advances.

Here's the bracket from espn: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/bracket?id=4203475

05-25-2009, 11:26 AM
Georgia Southern Eagles Season Statistics Link:


Cal State Fullerton Titans Season Statistics Link:


Utah Utes Season Statistics Link:


05-25-2009, 11:34 AM
Story from gozags.com (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/052509aab.html):
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's baseball team will face Georgia Southern University (42-15) at 3 p.m. Pacific time Friday in the opening game of the NCAA Regionals hosted by Cal State Fullerton.

The Bulldogs (35-16) learned their fate Monday morning when the 64-team bracket was announced. The Bulldogs, making their first Regional appearance since 1981, are the third seed while the Eagles are the No. 2 seed. The host Titans (42-14) are the No. 2 national seed and the top seed in the Regional and will face fourth-seed University of Utah (26-29) in Friday's 7 p.m. contest.

Friday's losers meet Saturday at 2 p.m. with the winners squaring off at 6 p.m. in the double-elimination tournament.

Coug Tracks
05-25-2009, 01:01 PM
I will be following GU and hoping they do well at Regionals. WSU hasn't made it since 1990 I believe. I was in my third year at WSU so that is a very long time ago!

Congrat's and good luck against GSU.

05-25-2009, 02:16 PM
Schedule below is from the news release (http://http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/052509aab.html) at Gozags.com under baseball news releases:

NCAA Regional Schedule
Fullerton, Calif. - Goodwin Field

Friday, May 29
Game 1
3 p.m. - Georgia Southern (2) vs. Gonzaga (3)
Game 2
7 p.m. - Cal State Fullerton (1) vs. Utah (4)
Saturday, May 30
Game 3
2 p.m. - Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2
Game 4
6 p.m. - Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2

Sunday, May 31
Game 5
2 p.m. - Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4
Game 6
6 p.m. - Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 4

Monday, June 1
6 p.m. - Repeat of Game 6 (If Necessary)

05-25-2009, 03:53 PM
This just up at gozags.com (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/052509aai.html):
After Claiming WCC Title, Zags Earn #19 National Ranking

Gonzaga will head to Fullerton, Calif. to face Georgia Southern in the NCAA Tournament 3 p.m. Friday

May 25, 2009

SPOKANE, Wash. – After claiming the West Coast Conference title over the weekend, Gonzaga University moved back into the national rankings for the second time this season, appearing at No. 19 in the latest Baseball America national poll. It is the highest ranking that the Bulldogs have received since the 1981 team reached a No. 9 ranking.

Last week the Zags (35-16, 14-7 WCC) beat No. 27 Washington State University 8-7 and then beat Loyola Marymount University in the first two games of the WCC Championship Series over the weekend to clinch the conference title and punch their ticket the NCAA Tournament. It is the second time that Gonzaga has appeared in the top-25 this season, earning a No. 22 ranking by Baseball America on Apr. 13.

This week the Bulldogs head to Fullerton, Calif. for the NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga was placed in the Fullerton Regional where they will open the four-team double elimination first round of play against Georgia Southern University 3 p.m. Pending Friday’s result, the Zags will face the winner/loser of the University of Utah/Cal State Fullerton matchup 7 p.m. Friday.

#Baseball America Poll#
The Baseball America Division I Top 25 college baseball
poll and with this season's record:
(Records through May 24, 2009)
1. UC IRVINE (43-13)
2. LSU (46-16)
3. ARIZONA ST (44-12)
4. CS FULLERTON (42-14)
5. TEXAS (41-13)
6. RICE (39-15)
7. VIRGINIA (43-12)
9. OKLAHOMA (41-18)
10. FLORIDA ST (42-16)
11. FLORIDA (39-20)
12. OLE MISS (40-17)
13. TCU (36-16)
14. KANSAS ST (41-16)
15. LOUISVILLE (44-15)
16. CLEMSON (40-19)
17. GEORGIA TECH (35-17)
18. EAST CAROLINA (42-17)
19. GONZAGA (35-16)
20. ALABAMA (37-19)
21. MINNESOTA (38-17)
22. ELON (40-16)
23. MISSOURI (34-24)
25. MIDDLE TENN (43-16)

Folks over on the Georgia Southern board (http://gsufans.com/tsc/showthread.php?t=3573) seem unimpressed and are looking ahead to CSF.

05-25-2009, 05:13 PM
Just have to hope the bats stay hot and pitching stays tough. That's it.

05-26-2009, 10:18 AM
spokesman article w/ quotes -


05-26-2009, 08:34 PM
This just up at gozags.com (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/052509aai.html):

Folks over on the Georgia Southern board (http://gsufans.com/tsc/showthread.php?t=3573) seem unimpressed and are looking ahead to CSF.

Their complaints about being sent to CS Fullerton pale beside Virginia's complaint. UVA wins one of the toughest baseball conferences, gets sent across the country (at least the weather will be nice) to play at Irvine, and then gets to watch SDSU's Stephen Strasburg serve 100 MPH cheese up close.

05-27-2009, 08:08 AM
I hope the Georgia Southern team is as apathetic about facing the Zags as their fans seem to be. I like our chances.

05-28-2009, 02:14 PM
Coming from a Georgia Southern fan, I think that Fields will be very tough, but if Mederos pitches for us then he will probably hold the upper hand.

I think that GSU takes it in a low-scoring pitchers dual with Mederos and the high-powered GSU offense coming out victorious in the end.

GSU - 4
Zags - 1

05-28-2009, 03:34 PM
Fullerton regional: Not an easy field to some

The dark-horse contender: Gonzaga

In a year when the West Coast Conference was expected to take a step forward, the league as a whole took a step back. Gonzaga, though, is an exception. The Bulldogs compiled good overall and conference records in the regular season. They also made easy work of Loyola Marymount in the WCC title series. The Bulldogs also could be a surprise waiting to happen in the Fullerton regional. Tyson Van Winkle, Drew Heid and Ryan Wiegand are hitting .361, .350 and .330, respectively. Mark Castellitto, meanwhile, has slugged eight homers and driven in 39 runs. Starting pitchers Matt Fields and Steven Ames spearhead the pitching staff and Cody Martin, who has a 3.31 ERA in 54 1/3 innings, is the reliever to watch. Gonzaga coach Mark Machtolf will have his team ready to play this weekend.


Links to discussion of other regionals as well are listed at the above link.