INDIANAPOLIS – After three straight wins to capture the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship, the Western Oregon University baseball team returns to the NCAA West Regional for the second consecutive year. The Wolves picked up the sixth seed and will travel to second seed Azusa Pacific near Los Angeles.
Joining Azusa Pacific and WOU is Cal State Monterey Bay’s third seed. The Cougars of Azusa Pacific are competing in the PacWest Conference, while the Otters of Cal State Monterey Bay are not in the CCAA Conference.
WOU and Cal State Monterey Bay will open the region Thursday beginning at 2 p.m. The winner will advance to game three in the pod on Friday, while the losing team must turn around and face Azusa Pacific on Thursday night at 6 p.m. night Azusa Pacific enters with a 34-16 record, Cal State Monterey Bay holds a 36-15 record and Western Oregon is 34-18 this year.
The Wolves have been 8-10 against the Otters since 2007, meeting most recently in 2018 when the teams played a three-game series in Seaside, Calif. the Wolves climbed to a 16-5 victory. WOU has been 3-5 against Azusa Pacific since 2016.
The Wolves will make their ninth overall trip into the postseason since moving to the NCAA Division II in 2002. WOU has seven postseason wins in regional action, collecting two last year in Nampa. The NCAA West Regional last year saw WOU advance to the regional title game after winning against host Northwest Nazarene and eliminating top seed Azusa Pacific. The Nighthawks quickly won the last two games of the region to advance to the College World Series. The region is different this year. With six teams on the field and two different regional sites, the winning teams from each West Regional will compete in a Super Regional next week in a best of three series held at higher seeded team. Another West Regional has top seed Point Loma hosting fourth seed Northwest Nazarene and fifth seed Cal Poly Pomona.
Head Coach Kellen Walker just three wins away from 250 in his time in Western Oregon after three wins this past week. The 34 wins this season combined with his career-high WOU equivalent of the 2013 team winning 34-20.
A full preview and details of the regionals will be released this week on wouwolves.com