It looked dicey for a while, but San Diego and San Diego State eventually got together and submitted a bid to host a regional at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The fifth-ranked Toreros are a lock to be a No. 1 seed, but they lack adequate facilities to host a regional, so they approached the Aztecs about using the top-notch stadium at SDSU to bring a regional to the city for the first time. It was a tough situation for San Diego State, whose alumni and fans can’t be too excited about the prospect of lending out their stadium to their crosstown rivals. But in the end, the Aztecs realized they stand to benefit long term by showing the NCAA they can put on a good regional, paving the way for SDSU should it ever be in position to host on its own.
“This is a unique opportunity for the city of San Diego to host a Division I baseball regional, something that hasn’t been done here previously,” Aztecs coach Tony Gwynn said. “It’s also a chance for local baseball fans to see some excellent college ball and at the same time show off the city and our facility. We’re glad to have this opportunity to assist USD with their effort to host here and give local baseball some well-deserved exposure. It’s something that will hopefully benefit both schools now and in the future.”
USD coach Rich Hill is rightfully excited and thankful that an agreement could be worked out.
“(SDSU athletics director) Jeff Schemmel and Tony Gwynn, along with the entire SDSU family, have shown exemplary class and sportsmanship, and my hat is off to them,” Hill said. “Hopefully the selection committee will reward our body of work this year, and we can make this not just a USD regional, but make it a city of San Diego regional.”
This bid, coupled with Arizona State’s sweep of UCLA last weekend, figures to spoil the Bruins’ shot at hosting, because the West Coast is likely to be represented by host sites at San Diego State, Arizona State and Long Beach State (barring a Dirtbag collapse).
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