With a trip to the Division II College World Series hanging in the balance, UCSD turned a tie game into a runaway with eight runs in the top of the ninth inning for a 12-4 victory over Sonoma State and the NCAA Division II West Regional title at Keizer, Ore.
The victory sends the No.2-ranked Tritons (39-13) to the College World Series, which is being hosted at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The event is May 23-30. The Tritons open the eight-team, double-elimination tournament on Sunday at 10 a.m. (San Diego time) against East champion Dowling (34-16).
Here's the tournament bracket.
Here's the NCAA Division II championship page.
Here's the Division II championship history if you're interested.
More details on today's big win are right here.
This is UCSD's first trip to the CWS in Division II, although coach Dan O'Brien was part of the 1994 Tritons team that reached the Division III College World Series.