'Dogs Draw Stanford for NCAA Regional
2012 NCAA PALO ALTO REGIONAL
Saturday, June 2
Sunday, June 3
Monday, June 4
May 28, 2012
By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
FRESNO, Calif. --- The Fresno State baseball team learned early Monday morning that the Bulldogs will be heading to play in the NCAA Palo Alto Regional starting Friday at 6 p.m. PT against the Stanford Cardinal on Klein Field at Sunken Diamond.
Fresno State (30-26) is making its 34th NCAA Tournament appearance with four trips to the College World Series and won the 2008 national championship.
"One thing to watch, remember when Fresno State won the whole thing a few years ago they were a four seed," ESPN College Baseball Analyst Kyle Peterson said on the selection show Monday morning. "(Stanford pitcher Mark) Appel is 9-1 on the year and his only loss this year is to Fresno State. It's a tough opener for Stanford."
The Bulldogs enter regional play as the No. 4 seed after winning its seventh straight Western Athletic Conference championship in thrilling style.
Fresno State entered the 2012 WAC Tournament seeded fifth and won five of its tournament-record six games played. The 'Dogs survived three elimination games - in which they came from behind in all three, including a walk-off 4-3 victory over Sacramento State in 13 innings in the championship game, to secure its sixth tournament title in the past seven years.
"A culmination of the whole season was early games against Pepperdine, early games against Stanford where we were knocking our heads against the wall and not making quick enough, early enough or the right adjustments," Fresno State head baseball coach said. "You don't learn by sitting by the water cooler. You have to get out and play. We are running out four or five freshmen every day almost every day. They had a lot to learn and finally over the last month, they are getting it and playing well."
In the past 16 games, the Bulldogs are 12-4 to improve to 85-31 in games played in the month of May since 2006.
The four-team regional of Stanford (No. 1 seed), Pepperdine (No. 2 seed), Michigan State (No. 3 seed) and Fresno State (No. 4 seed) will send its winner to play the winner of the Tallahassee Regional in a Super Regional for a spot in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Game times for the Palo Alto Regional will be 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and if necessary, Monday at 6 p.m.
All-session tickets will go on sale on Tuesday at 9 a.m. with prices ranging from $60 (full price reserved) to $40 (general admission) to $25 (discounted general admission). Patrons can call 1-800-STANFORD or visit gostanford.com to purchase tickets. Single game tickets will go on sale the day of the game (if available).
Bulldog fans are encouraged to purchase all-session tickets as the Regional is expected to be at or near capacity all weekend.
The games will be broadcast globally on ESPN3, which is available online at www.espn3.com, and on the radio at AM 940 KYNO.
All times listed are Pacific.
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