STOCKTON, Calif. – The 2019 CCAA Baseball Tournament bracket has been filled, and the top line is filled by regular-season champion UC San Diego.
The Tritons earned the crown after sweeping Cal State East Bay in the last weekend of the regular-season, effectively dashing the Pioneers’ chances at a postseason appearance in the process of securing the No. 1 seed. UC San Diego will take on No. 6 seed Cal Poly Pomona in the first game of the 2019 CCAA Baseball Tournament, on the docket for Wednesday at 11 a.m. from Banner Island Ballpark, home of the Stockton Ports.
UC San Diego’s well-rounded effort on the field features the league’s best scoring offensive averaging 7.0 runs per game but also the conference-leaders in earned run average where pitchers allow just 3.07 runs a night, good for fourth in the country.
Although the Broncos squeaked into the bracket, Cal Poly Pomona has to hold confidence with their first-round matchup as ace Tim Holdgrafer no-hit the Tritons on Feb. 22, and the squad split the four-game regular-season series against the champions. The no-hitter was one of five shutouts dealt by the Broncos, which rates 14th nationally.
The second game of the day will feature No. 2 seeded Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State. A rematch from last year’s opening round No. 6 vs. No. 1 matchup, last year’s regular-season champions bested the Gators in a 14-11 slugfest to open the 2018 brackets.
One of the consistent offenses in the league, Cal State Monterey Bay is second in the CCAA in runs (310), hits (477), on base percentage (.395) and batting average (.290).
The third and final pairing to came to fruition on the final day of the regular-season, as the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds were determined in Turlock. Chico State took two from Stanislaus State as the Wildcats claimed the higher seed of the pair, but the two face a quick turnaround before meeting a familiar face. The two meet up in Wednesday’s nightcap, less than 100 hours since last taking the diamond against each other.
The six teams will square off with one another in the double-elimination bracket until one remains. The victor will earn the CCAA’s automatic bid into the NCAA regional field.
Tickets to see the CCAA Tournament from Stockton’s Banner Island Ballpark are available for purchase online here. In a continuing partnership in 2019, fans can watch the final three days on Eleven Sports USA or stream live at baosn.tv. Check local listings for more information.
2019 CCAA Baseball Tournament
Banner Island Ballpark | Stockton
Wednesday, May 8
Game 1 – 11 a.m. – No. 6 Cal Poly Pomona vs. No. 1 UC San Diego
Game 2 – 3 p.m. – No. 5 San Francisco State vs. No. 2 Cal State Monterey Bay
Game 3 – 7 p.m. – No. 4 Stanislaus State vs. No. 3 Chico State
Thursday, May 9
Game 4 – 11 a.m. – loser of Game 1 vs. loser of Game 2 (elimination game)
Game 5 – 3 p.m. – winner of Game 1 vs. loser of Game 3 (possible elimination)
Game 6 – 7 p.m. – winner of Game 2 vs. winner of Game 3
Friday, May 10
Game 7 – 11 a.m. – winner of Game 5 vs. winner of Game 6 – OR – loser of Game 5 vs. loser of Game 6*
Game 8 – 3 p.m. – winner of Game 4 vs. loser of Game 6 – OR – winner of Game 4 vs. winner of Game 5*
Game 9 – 7 p.m. – lower of Game 7 vs. winner of Game 8 – OR – winner of Game 6 vs. winner of Game 7*
Saturday, May 11
Game 10 – 12 p.m. – Championship: winner of Game 7 vs. winner of Game 9 – OR – winner of Game 8 vs. winner of Game 9^ – OR – winner of Game 8 vs. loser Game 9#
Game 11 – 4 p.m. – Championship rematch: if necessary – OR – winner of Game 9 vs. winner of Game 10#
*if five teams remain after Game 6
^if five teams remain after Game 6 and two after Game 9
#if three teams remain after Game 9