LAKE ELSINORE: Fans group to NCAA ball informal diversion – Press

LAKE ELSINORE: Fans group to NCAA ball informal diversion – Press

racen Calica, 18, left, of San Diego and his grandmother, Dee French, 85, of Menifee, base for UCSB. The group played USC in Lake Elsinore Saturday. NEWS 17


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NCAA Regional during The Diamond

Sunday’s schedule:

• 3 p.m.: USC vs. crook of Virginia-San Diego State game

• 7 p.m.: leader of Virginia-San Diego State diversion vs. leader of 3 p.m. game

Tickets: Reserved $10, box $15, elite box $20

Capacity: Approximately 8,000 with 6,066 bound seats

Address: 500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore

As Tod and Colleen Severson were unloading their SUV in a parking lot of The Diamond in Lake Elsinore after a four-hour outing from Santa Barbara on Saturday, May 30, they had dual dire questions.

“What’s a understanding with a traffic?” asked Tod.

“Where’s everybody going?” pronounced Colleen.

Welcome to a Inland Empire, Gaucho fans.

When a UC Santa Barbara ball group played itself into a position to horde an NCAA Regional with a 40-win unchanging season, there was one problem. Its ball margin did not have lights and couldn’t accommodate a criteria to horde a four-team, double-elimination informal – a initial step on a highway to a College World Series.

Eventually a school’s jaunty officials staid on hosting a contest during The Diamond, a home of a Class-A Lake Elsinore Storm, that is a good 170 miles from campus.

USC, San Diego State and Virginia filled out a four-team margin that non-stop play on Friday.

UC Santa Barbara finished a 12-year NCAA contest drought dual years ago. This year’s group warranted a right to horde a informal for a initial time in a 69-year story of a NCAA tournament.

“We’re flattering vehement about a whole deal,” pronounced Tod Severson, 48, who serves as a ball group chaplain. “The bummer partial is – could we only have it in a possess backyard?”

Andy Graham, 30, also done a outing from Santa Barbara. A former Gaucho ball player, he indeed pitched during The Diamond when he played for Modesto in a California League in 2008.

Graham, who late from veteran ball in 2011 and now works for a university, done a outing with his relatives and a handful of former teammates.

They were partial of a throng of 3,236 that showed adult Friday night for UC Santa Barbara’s opening diversion opposite San Diego State, a 4-3 detriment that put them in Saturday’s 3 p.m. elmination diversion opposite USC, that mislaid to Virginia in a initial diversion on Friday.

“I consider this is an sparkling thing for a program,” pronounced Graham. “I consider it’ll be a good movement boost. People will wish to get behind it and comprehend that a group is this good – though a comforts are still lacking – so suppose how good they could be if we had a facilities. If we had lights we could horde a informal like this during a home stadium.

“That being said, this had been a good venue. It’s a pleasing ballpark and we’re happy to transport down and support a team. And everybody that works here with a Storm has been good so far.”

The Storm Store was rather still about 30 mins before initial pitch. While only outward a store on a track confluence a businessman offered NCAA rigging did a sprightly business.