NEW YORK – Gathered together in the Milstein Hospitality Pavilion of The Campbell Sports Center on Monday, the Columbia Lions roared when they discovered they would be heading to Fullerton, Calif. for the regional round of the 2013 NCAA Baseball Championships.
Columbia will take on host Cal State Fullerton in the opening round on Friday, May 31 at 11 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on ESPNU. Also in the Fullerton Region are New Mexico (37-20) and Arizona State (35-20-1) who will play at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Lions garnered the Ivy League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Baseball Championship with a doubleheader sweep of Dartmouth on May 4 at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium. The Ivy League title put the exclamation point on the most successful season in Columbia baseball history.
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The Lions posted the most conference wins in a single season this year, racking up 16 Ivy League wins. A total of nine student-athletes were selected to All-Ivy League teams, headlined by first-teamers Jordan Serena, Aaron Silbar and David Speer. Seniors Alex Black (second team) and Tim Giel (honorable mention) garnered their second All-Ivy League selections. Sophomore second-team selection Joey Falcone was also named a finalist for the inaugural Gregg Olson Award, honoring college baseball’s breakout player of the year.
Similar to Columbia, Cal State Fullerton enters the regional on a seven-game win streak. The Titans picked up the No. 5 overall seed in the 64-team tournament after capturing the 27th conference title in program history, including their fourth straight Big West title, going 48-8, 23-4 Big West on the year.
Fullerton is hosting a NCAA Baseball Regional for the 11th time. Goodwin Field, the current home venue for the Titans, is hosting its 10 regional round since 2000.
The Lions are making their third appearance in program history in the NCAA Tournament. Columbia made its first NCAA Regional in 1976, participating in the Northeast Regional in Middletown, Conn. The Lions lost their first two games, falling to Temple, 6-2, and St. John’s, 10-2.
Columbia returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2008, traveling to Conway, S.C. that year. The Lions opened the tournament against host Coastal Carolina, dropping a 10-2 decision. East Carolina then topped Columbia, 9-0.
Friday, May 31 (Day 1)
7 p.m. EST – No. 2 Arizona State vs. No. 3 New Mexico
11 p.m. EST – No. 1 Cal State Fullerton vs. No. 4 Columbia - ESPNU
Saturday, June 1 (Day 2)
7 p.m. EST Game 3 – Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
11 p.m. EST Game 4 – Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2
Sunday, June 2 (Day 3)
7 p.m. EST Game 5 – Winner Game 3 vs Loser Game 4
11 p.m. EST Game 6 – Winner Game 4 vs Winner Game 5
Monday, June 3 (Day 4, if necessary)
Ticket Information - via FullertonTitans.com
All-session tournament tickets will be available from noon on Tuesday, May 28, to noon, Thursday, May 30, in person at the Athletic Ticket Office at Titan House on campus or over the phone at 657-278-2783.
PLEASE NOTE: There are a limited number of reserved all-session tournament tickets for sale.
Individual tickets will be available for purchase online at fullertontitans.com at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 28, and at the Athletic Ticket Office beginning at noon. The Athletic Ticket Office highly recommends that you purchase all single-game tickets online to avoid long lines at the Titan House.
BE ADVISED: Due to high traffic volume, NO PHONE ORDERS WILL BE TAKEN for individual tickets.
For those looking to purchase individual game tickets, we advise you to purchase them online at fullertontitans.com to ensure the best availability, as games featuring Cal State Fullerton could be sold out.
All-Session Tournament Passes: (In person or phone orders only 657-278-2783)
Reserved - $80*
General Admission - $68*
*ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.
Box Seats - $20*
Reserved Seats - $15*
General Admission - $10*
* ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.
ATHLETIC TICKET OFFICE HOURS:
Mon., May 27: Closed for Memorial Day
Tues., May 28: Noon to 6 p.m.
Wed., May 29: 10 am. to 6 p.m.
Thurs., May 30: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fri., May 31: Closed. Order pickup only at the Titan House from 10 a.m. until noon. Available tickets for Games 1 and 2 will be available for purchase, along with will call pick-ups, two hours prior to start of the first game at the ticket booth at Goodwin Field.
Sat., June 1: TBA
Sun. June 2: TBA
Mon., June 3: TBA
Media Credentials: Will be issued by the office of sports information at Cal State Fullerton. Contact Andria Wenzel at (657) 278-3981 or 3970 / fax (657) 278-3141 / firstname.lastname@example.org with credential requests. Seating will be given to outlets which cover the participating institutions during the regular season. A photo ID will be required to pick up credentials at will call.