The Road to Omaha Starts in Palo Alto!

SpartanThunder.com is the very first internet site to bring you this breaking story! The 18th ranked Spartans have made the regionals, and this year the Spartans don't have to travel very far to begin the college world series qwest!

Fans of Sparta!

The Spartans have made the 2002 regionals, as just announced on ESPN2! The Spartans have now made the NCAA regionals two out of the last three years!

This year the Spartans do not have to hop on a plane, and travel ump-teen miles for their qwest for the NCAA baseball holy grail.

This years regional action happens a hop and skip away from blethen field at Stanfords sunken diamond in Palo Alto.

The seedings for this regional are as follows:

1. Stanford 2. Long Beach State 3. San Jose State 4. Fullerton State

The Spartans will face number two seed, Long Beach State, better known as "The Beach" on friday, May 31st, at 3PM.

All session passes for the NCAA Regional at Sunken Diamond will go on sale beginning Tuesday, May 28 (9:00 am, PDT) at the Stanford Ticket Office or by calling 1-800-STANFORD.

All session ticket prices are $50 Reserved, $35 Adult General Admission, and $20 Child/Senior/Student General Admission.

Single game tickets are only available the day of the game ($15 Reserved, $12 General Admission Adult, $8 Child/Senior/Students General Admission)."

Tickets also "may" be available by calling (408) 924-SJTX at the Spartan Ticket office.

The Spartan ticket office is located at the corner of 7th and Alma, across from historic Spartan Stadium. Ticket office hours are from 8am to 5pm monday thru friday.

If the Spartan Ticket office fails to meet your needs, call 1-800-STANFORD for the best information available.

The winner of the regional battle will host the Super Regional against the winner of the USC regional in Palo Alto.

Bracket information on the west regional can be found at the SJSU baseball web site located at www.geocities.com/sjsubaseball

Good luck to Coach Sam Piraro and the men in blue!

Now let's discuss the bigger picture regarding regional activity across the country.

The field of 64 teams competing for the 2002 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, as well as the 16 regional sites, was announced today by the NCAA.

The national top eight seeds are Florida State University (56-12); Clemson University (47-14); University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (48-13); Rice University (47-11); University of Texas at Austin (48-14); University of South Carolina, Columbia (48-14); Wake Forest University (44-11-1) and Stanford University (40-16).

All 16 regional sites will be on the campus of the host team except the Arizona State University and Wake Forest regionals. The Sun Devils home field is undergoing renovations, so the regional will be played at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona.

The Wake Forest regional will be conducted at Ernie Shore Field in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In addition to Arizona State, the other 15 host schools are: Florida State; University of Notre Dame; University of Southern California; Stanford; Texas; Louisiana State University; Rice; Clemson; Wichita State University; University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Wake Forest; South Carolina; University of Florida; Georgia Institute of Technology and Alabama.

The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences in the number of teams in the championship field with seven, followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 Conference and Conference USA with five each.

Forty of the 64 teams also were part of the 2001 field. Five teams made the baseball championship for the first time in school history: Central Connecticut State University, Elon University, University of Louisville, New Mexico State University and University of San Diego. The other 59 teams all have been in the field at least once since 1992.

The University of Miami (Florida) is in the field for the 30th consecutive year, extending its own record. Florida State is making its 25th straight appearance, second all time. Other long consecutive streaks include Clemson (16); LSU (14); California State University, Fullerton (11) and Southern California (10).

Each of the 16 regionals feature four teams, playing a double-elimination format. The regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday, May 31, to Sunday, June 2. Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be determined and will be announced on Monday, June 3, at 2 p.m. Central time. The best two-of-three super regionals will be played from Friday, June 7, to Sunday, June 9. The 56th College World Series begins play Friday, June 14, at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.

Additional Notes:

40 of the 64 teams were in the 2001 field. Five teams make the field for the first time in their history: Central Connecticut State, Elon, Louisville, New Mexico State and San Diego. The other 59 teams all have been in the field at least once since 1992.

Defending national champion Miami (Fla.) is in the field for the 30th consecutive year, extending its own record.

Florida State is making its 25th straight appearance, second all time. Other long consecutive streaks include Clemson (16), LSU (14), Cal State Fullerton (11) and Southern California (10).

There are 283 Division I teams sponsoring baseball in 2002, the most in history.


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