Selection Monday for the college baseball playoffs went about as well for Cal Poly as anyone could expect. On May 27, the Mustangs (39-17) earned a second seed in the Los Angeles regional bracket alongside host UCLA (39-17), San Diego (35-23), and San Diego State (31-29).
The fortuitous placement keeps the Mustangs close to home to start the playoffs against relatively manageable competition. Cal Poly could have easily ended up sharing a distant bracket with nationally ranked West Coast opponents like No. 8 Oregon or No. 3 Oregon State.
“All regionals are filled with great teams out west, but the fact we can just bus to our destination instead of having to travel all day just to get to our destination is a plus for us,” Manager Larry Lee said.
The NCAA released the full playoff bracket a day after announcing the regional locations, effectively revealing the top seeds. No. 5 Cal State Fullerton (48-8) also earned a hosting seed after winning the Big West Conference, but the NCAA tends to not place conference rivals in the same regional bracket. That left Cal Poly with almost even odds to start the playoffs in L.A., Corvallis, or Eugene.
The Mustang players cheered the selection results from their viewing party at the Cal Poly clubhouse.
The double elimination playoff will begin at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Westwood on May 31. Cal Poly is set to play San Diego in the 2 p.m. game, with the Bruins and Aztecs squaring off later. The team that survives the bracket would face the winner of the Orange County regional.