INDIANAPOLIS – Following a three-game winning streak to capture the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship, the Western Oregon University baseball team is back in the NCAA West Regional for the second straight year. The Wolves earned the sixth seed and will travel to second seed Azusa Pacific out near Los Angeles.
Joining Azusa Pacific and WOU will be the third seed in Cal State Monterey Bay. The Cougars of Azusa Pacific compete in the PacWest Conference, while the Otters of Cal State Monterey Bay are out of the CCAA Conference.
WOU and Cal State Monterey Bay will open the regional on Thursday starting at 2 pm The winner will advance to game three of the pod on Friday, while the losing team will have to turn around and face Azusa Pacific on Thursday night at 6 pm Azusa Pacific enters with a record of 34-16, Cal State Monterey Bay holds a record of 36-15 and Western Oregon is 34-18 on the year.
The Wolves are 8-10 against the Otters since 2007, meeting up most recently in 2018 when the teams played a three-game series in Seaside, Calif. WOU matched up with the Cougars most recently last year at the NCAA West Regional in Nampa when the Wolves rolled to the 16-5 win. WOU has gone 3-5 against Azusa Pacific since 2016.
The Wolves will be making their ninth overall trip to the postseason since moving to NCAA Division II in 2002. WOU has seven postseason wins in regional action, collecting two last year in Nampa. Last year’s NCAA West Regional saw WOU advance to the regional title game after picking up wins over host Northwest Nazarene and eliminating top seed Azusa Pacific. The Nighthawks were then able to win the final two games of the regional to advance to the College World Series. This year’s regional is different. With six teams in the field and two different regional sites, the winning teams from each West Regional will then matchup in a Super Regional the following week in a best of three series held at the higher seeded team. The other West Regional features top seed Point Loma hosting fourth seed Northwest Nazarene and fifth seed Cal Poly Pomona.
Head Coach Kellen Walker is now just three wins away from 250 during his time at Western Oregon following the three wins this past weekend. The 34 wins this season ties for his career-high at WOU matching the 2013 team that went 34-20.
A full preview and details of the regionals will be released this week on wouwolves.com