Aztec Baseball: SDSU Faces Powerhouse LSU in Corvallis Regional

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San Diego baseball players cheering when they learned their placement in the College World Series Regional. Photo courtesy of SDSU

With only two West Coast sites announced Sunday when the NCAA revealed its 16 regional sites for the NCAA Championships, the San Diego State baseball team knew it was either Oregon or Palo Alto.

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The Aztecs got their answers Monday when it was announced that they will face LSU at the Corvallis Regional hosted by Oregon State on Friday. The game is slated to start at 1 p.m. The Aztecs earned an automatic spot when it won the Mountain West Championship on Saturday.

SDSU pulled the No. 3 seed, its highest seed since being the No. 3 seed at 2009 Irvine Regional. Since then, the Aztecs has been back to the regionals four times, each time it was the No. 4 seed.

The Aztecs will face No. 2 seed Tigers, who lost the Southeastern Conference Championship to Ole Miss on Sunday. The meeting will be the first for both programs and it will be San Diego State’s first trip back to Corvallis since 2016.

The Tigers are a formidable opponent. The program has won six national titles and been to the College World Series three times in the past six years.

If the Aztecs survive the Tigers, it will face top-seeded Oregon State, who is playing against No. 4-seed Northwestern State.  The winner of that game will go on to the Super Regional, a best-of-three series. Win that and the Aztecs will earn one of eight spots in Omaha, Nebraska, the site of the NCAA Championships.

This is SDSU’s fifth regional appearance in the last six years.

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