UCSB Heads To First-Ever Super Regional
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Big West Baseball Release - Week 17
• The Big West sent three teams to the 64-team NCAA Baseball Championship for the 14th time in conference history. Big West Champion Cal State Fullerton and at-large selections Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara. All three teams competed in their respective regionals on the road, marking the first time since 2012 that the Big West did not have at least one team host a regional.
• The Big West posted a 159-113-1 (.584) record versus nonconference opponents during the regular season. The Big West also holds an edge over the other west coast conferences (Mountain West, Pac 12, WAC and West Coast), posting an overall record of 102-89 (.534) among its western opponents.
• With UC Santa Barbara advancing to the Louisville Super Regional this weekend, the Big West has sent at least one team to the Super Regionals 13 out of the last 14 years. 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 129-92 (.584) record in the NCAA Tournament, which includes 17 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 four different teams to the College World Series - Cal State Fullerton, former member Fresno State (1988, 1991), Long Beach State and UC Irvine.
• The Big West has enjoyed a tradition of representation at the College World Series. In fact, at least one Big West school has reached Omaha 19 times. Fullerton brought home the Big West’s first national title in 1995 and then brought home a second in 2004.
1975 - Cal State Fullerton
1988 - Cal State Fullerton, Fresno State
1989 - Long Beach State
1990 - Cal State Fullerton
1991 - Long Beach State, Fresno State
1992 - Cal State Fullerton
1993 - Long Beach State
1994 - Cal State Fullerton
1995 - Cal State Fullerton (NCAA champ)
1998 - Long Beach State
1999 - Cal State Fullerton
2001 - Cal State Fullerton
2003 - Cal State Fullerton
2004 - Cal State Fullerton (NCAA champ)
2006 - Cal State Fullerton
2007 - Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine
2009 - Cal State Fullerton
2014 - UC Irvine
2015 - Cal State Fullerton
• Below is a list of the Big West Conference NCAA teams versus the 2016 NCAA Field.
Cal State Fullerton
Arizona State 0-2
La Tech 1-1
Long Beach State 3-3
Mississippi State 0-1
Texas Tech 2-1
UC Santa Barbara 2-1
Long Beach State
Arizona State 2-1
Cal State Fullerton 3-3
Florida Atlantic 2-0
UC Santa Barbara 1-2
UC Santa Barbara
Cal State Fullerton 1-2
Long Beach State 2-1
Saint Mary’s 1-1
BIG WEST TOTAL 30-23
The Last Time In NCAA Tournament The Big West...
Received three NCAA bids - 2016
Received four NCAA bids - 2014
Did not host a regional - 2016
Had more than one team host a regional - 2015 (CSF/UCSB)
Hosted a super regional - 2013
Had two teams host a super regional - 2004 (LBSU/CSF)
Went 0-2 in the regionals - 2009 (CP)
Won the CWS - 2004 (CSF)
Went 0-2 in the CWS - 2015 (CSF)
Sent multiple teams to the CWS - 2007 (UCI/CSF)
Had two teams face-off - 2007 (UCI vs. CSF - CWS)
How Many Times In NCAA Tournament Has Big West...
Received just one NCAA bid - five
Received two NCAA bids - 11
Received three NCAA bids - 14
Received four NCAA bids - four
Received five NCAA bids - never
Hosted two regionals the same year - five
Sent team to College World Series - 19 years
Had two teams in CWS the same year - three
Won the championship - twice (‘95, ‘04)
UC SANTA BARBARA
• UC Santa Barbara played in a regional for the third time in the last four years. This marked the first time in program history that UCSB has earned a postseason berth three times in four years.
• The second-seeded Gauchos opened regional play winning a 14-inning, marathon against west coast foe No. 3 Washington, 3-2, thanks to a walk-off home run by Gaucho Austin Bush. Two days later, due to inclement weather halting Saturday’s contest, the Gauchos hung on to defeat Xavier, 5-4, and advance to the title game. A day later they would battle the Musketeers once again, but with a much different outcome as UCSB’s hot bats led them to a dominating 14-5 victory. The sweep of the Nashville Regional awarded the Gauchos their first trip to the Super Regionals in school history.
Nashville All-Region Team
C: Daniel Rizzie, Xavier
1B: Austin Bush, UC Santa Barbara
2B: Chris Givin, Xavier
SS: Clay Fisher, UC Santa Barbara
3B: Rylan Bannon, Xavier
OF: Andrew Calica, UC Santa Barbara
OF: Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt
OF: Matt Fallon, Xavier
DH: David Morton, Xavier
P: Noah Bremer, Washington
P: Justin Kelly, UC Santa Barbara
MVP: Austin Bush, UC Santa Barbara
• UC Santa Barbara, champions of the Nashville Regional, will face off against the Louisville Cardinals in Super Regional action starting at 9 a.m. (Pacific) this Saturday. The opener in the best-of-three series will be televised by ESPN2, while the second game of the series will be played at 9 a.m. (Pacific) Sunday and will be televised on ESPN2 or ESPNU. The third game, if necessary, will be played on Monday with time and television carrier to be announced.
Louisville, the No. 2 national seed, also went 3-0 in its own regional to advance to the Supers. They are 50-12 this season. The Cardinals are also the team Cal State Fullerton upset in the Super Regionals last year to advance to the College World Series.
• The Gauchos 3-0 record in the Nashville Regional bumped up their win total to 40, matching last year’s performance that set a program record for most single-season wins against Division I opponents.
• During the regular season, the Gauchos posted a 7-6-1 record against the Top 25.
• UCSB currently ranks seventh in the country in hit by pitch and leading the charge is Andrew Calica, who has been plunked 23, second highest in the nation.
• Shane Bieber paces the Big West and ranks eighth in the nation with 11 victories this season, a first for a Gaucho since 1983. He is the third-winningest pitcher in UCSB history and has reached the seventh inning in all 15 of his starts this year. In 119.2 innings pitched, he struck out 96 batters to rank fourth in the conference. He heads to the Supers sporting a 2.86 ERA, 10th in the league.