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No. 13-Ranked San Diego State to Open Baseball Regional Against Arizona

May 22, 1986|CHRIS ELLO

San Diego State, winner of 21 of its last 24 baseball games and ranked No. 13 in the nation, begins play against No. 15 Arizona at 2 p.m. (PDT) today in the NCAA Central Regional in Austin, Tex.

The winner of the six-team double-elimination tournament, which ends Sunday, will gain a spot in the College World Series, which begins next week in Omaha, Neb.

In other first-round games today, No. 20 Pepperdine (35-19) will play Pan American (41-17) at noon, and No. 4 Texas (49-12) will play Southern Illinois (39-20) at 7:30.

The Aztecs (42-21), who have never qualified for the College World Series, will play an Arizona team that finished second in the Pacific 10 Southern Division and finished 41-18 overall. Arizona won the national championship in 1980.

Texas has been host of the Central Regional six consecutive years and advanced to Omaha all six times. Texas was the series runner-up the last two years after winning the national championship in 1983.

Scott Lawrence (8-2), the hero of the Aztecs' WAC tournament victory two weeks ago, will pitch today. Lawrence won two games in the WAC tournament, including the 9-2 championship game win over Hawaii.

Mike Erb (9-3) is scheduled to pitch for SDSU Friday. If the Aztecs win today, they will play at night against the winner of the Texas-Southern Illinois game. If SDSU loses, it will play an afternoon game against the loser of the Pepperdine-Pan American game.

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