Follow Baseball Media Day Live From Long Beach State Wednesday

Jan. 16, 2007

Long Beach, Calif. - After beginning with a gathering of print media five years ago, the College Baseball Media Day hits its fifth birthday on January 17 starting at 9:30 a.m., when 13 Southern California-affilated coaches and players gathering at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach to kick off the collegiate season.

For the second-straight year the proceedings will be broadcast on College Sports Television (Direct TV 610) and will air in an hour-long show starting the week of January 22. The show will feature the 13 area coaches and players in attendance on Wednesday. CSTV will also air various teams on its airwaves as part of its College Baseball package.

This yea'r media day will be sponsored by the College Baseball Foundation and Hall of Fame.

Southern California continues to be the hotbed for college baseball, with programs from San Luis Opispo to San Diego regularly peppering the professional game with former players. Some of those players include Hall of Famers: Jackie Robinson (UCLA), Ozzie Smith (Cal Poly) and Tom Seaver (USC) and San Diego State's Tony Gwynn. In all, more than 150 players from Southern California schools can be found on the professional baseball circuit. In the collegiate setting, area teams have made 43 College World Series apperances (USC-21, Cal State Fullerton-13, Long Beach State-4, Pepperdine-2, UCLA-2, Loyola Marymount-1) and won 19 national championships (USC-12, Cal State Fullerton-4, Pepperdine-1, CS Northridge-2 at D-II). Head coaches and players from Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Cal State Northridge, Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara, USC, UCLA, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, the University of San Diego, San Diego State and Pacific will be on hand to field questions from members of the media in a separate event from the televised/online conference that CSTV will carry. Three of the head coaches, Gwynn, USC's Chad Krueter and Pacific's Ed Sprague, are former Major Leaguers.

You can follow the stream live starting at 9:30 a.m. at www.longbeachstate.com or by clicking here.

Release courtesy of Long beach State Media Relations