UCSD received the top seed in the Division II NCAA West Regional, a four-team get together in Keizer, Ore., in which everyone is pretty familiar with each other. Three of the teams are members of the California Collegiate Athletic Association and just spent the weekend playing each other in the CCAA Tournament won by the Tritons.
The Tritons (34-21) play No .4 seed Cal State Dominguez Hills and No. 2 seed Western Oregon (33-12) plays No. 3 seed Sonoma State (32-14) in Thursday's opening games of the double elimination tournament. The tournament schedule is right here.
UCSD comes into the tournament having won nine of 10 games, including three straight (one against CS Dominguez Hills and two against Sonoma State) in the CCAA Tournament. UCSD is 3-2 against Dominguez Hills, 3-3 against Sonoma State and 1-3 against Western Oregon this season.
This is UCSD's third straight appearance in the 48-team postseason tournament. Last year, the Tritons fell one game short of reaching the Regional finals. The winner this weekend advances to the eight-team NCAA Championship May 23-30 in Cary, N.C.
Here are the schools that made the 48-team field. Inteestingly, six of the sites have six teams, one site has eight teams and the West Regional has four teams.