LAKE ELSINORE - College baseball is returning to Lake Elsinore, as The Diamond - home of the Lake Elsinore Storm - is set to host a game between San Diego State University and the University of California, Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 4 at 6pm.
This will be the third time head coach Mark Martinez and SDSU have taken the field at The Diamond in the last two years, as the Aztecs took on the University of San Diego Toreros in a neutral site contest on February 25 last year and were one of four teams to participate in an NCAA Regional at the facility in May 2015. San Diego State also played in Lake Elsinore during the 2002 season when they faced the Storm in an exhibition game.
"We want to thank the Storm, who have been so kind to us in the past by allowing us to compete at their facility," Coach Martinez said. "This gives our players a unique opportunity to play at a premier professional baseball facility and give them a chance to experience one side of competing at the next level. The Storm and the facility always do a great job hosting our program and their hospitality is second to none. The stadium itself is a great venue and this is a chance for us to return there for a game against one of the marquee program in the West that should get the fans of both programs excited. It's a great way to showcase the sport of college baseball."
The 2013 National Champion UCLA Bruins, led by head coach John Savage, will play at The Diamond for the first time in program history. Their national championship run was capped by a win over former Storm Hunter Renfroe (2014) and his Mississippi State Bulldogs.
The neutral site match-up is the first of two meetings between SDSU and UCLA this season. SDSU will visit Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles on May 2.
Tickets for the game are $12 and will be available in advance by calling 951-245-HITS or by visiting the Storm box office. Students of both schools can show their student ID for a $10 ticket.