UCLA had a near-perfect run in postseason competition, hitting 95 of 96 routines over four postseason meets en route to first-place finishes at the Pac-10 Championships, NCAA Regionals, NCAA Prelminaries and finally the NCAA Super Six Team Championships in Gainesville, Fla., site of UCLA's first-ever NCAA Gymnastics Championship win. In the team finals, the Bruins hit every routine without any major mistakes and outscored their nearest competitor by nearly half a point, recording 197.725 to runner-up Oklahoma's 197.25. UCLA needed to score 49.1 on floor exercise in the final rotation to win the title and did that with ease, scoring 49.55. Leadoff performer Tauny Frattone got things started with a 9.875, and the final four Bruins scored 9.9 or better to wrap up UCLA's sixth NCAA Women's Gymnastics title and UCLA's 105th overall NCAA crown. The Bruins added two more NCAA titles at the individual event finals when sophomore Vanessa Zamarripa won the vault crown and junior Brittani McCullough captured the floor exercise title.
The Bruins set numerous school and Women's College World Series records en route to their 12th national title and 11th NCAA championship. After steamrolling through Regionals and Super Regionals with a 5-0 record, UCLA won all five games in Oklahoma City. The WCWS run began with a 16-3 demolition of Florida, which marked the most runs scored in any UCLA postseason game. Consecutive 5-2 victories over Hawai'i and Georgia pushed the Bruins to the WCWS Championship Series, where they faced longtime rival Arizona. Game one of the finals was an instant classic, as the game featured six ties and lead changes. Trailing 5-4 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Dani Yudin reached second following a miscommunication in the Arizona outfield and Kaila Shull drove in the game-tying run with another double to send it into extra innings. Megan Langenfeld, who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, then hit a walk-off homer with two outs in the eighth to give the Bruins the win. The Bruins finished off the Wildcats the following night, behind four home runs, to post a 15-9 victory. UCLA hit a WCWS-record 14 home runs, including a record four by both Langenfeld and Andrea Harrison. Harrison, who set the record for most RBI in one WCWS with 11, was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Samantha Camuso. As a team, the Bruins set single-season marks for home runs (108), slugging percentage (.602), on base percentage (.432) and walks (244).
The UCLA women's golf team managed to fight through tough weather conditions all week to bring home its third NCAA Championship. The Bruins entered the tournament coming off a win at the NCAA Central Regional, which earned them their 11th straight NCAA Championship berth, a school record. They carried the momentum from that win through the first round of the NCAA Championship, ending the day with a two-stroke lead over the competition. From there, the Bruins never looked back, as they ended up winning by four strokes over defending champions Purdue. The win was Head Coach Carrie Forsyth's second NCAA title as UCLA head coach and UCLA's 107th NCAA title overall. Sophomore Tiffany Lua was the UCLA's top finisher at the tournament, finishing in a tie for fourth place with a score of -1. Lua also recorded a hole-in-one during the third round of the Championship and capped off the Bruins' win with a par putt on the 72nd hole of the tournament. Freshman Ani Gulugian, sophomore Lee Lopez, junior Stephanie Kono and senior Glory Yang also played stellar down the stretch to help lead the team to championship. Overall, the Bruins finished the 2011 season with six tournament victories in eleven starts.
The Bruins saved their best volleyball of the season for the final three weeks of 2011, as UCLA won the program’s fourth NCAA Championship and seventh national title. The Bruins began the tournament at the John Wooden Center with a sweep of Maryland-Eastern Shore and a four-set win over San Diego. From there, UCLA took to the road and Lexington, Ky., and faced the daunting task of playing Penn State, a team which had won 26 straight NCAA Tournament matches. That run quickly ended, as the Bruins stopped the four-time defending champions’ reign with a sweep of the Nittany Lions. The following night, UCLA was again an underdog versus top-seeded Texas. The Bruins dropped the first set against the Longhorns, but came back to win the next three to advance to their first National Semifinal since 2006. Junior Rachael Kidder was named the Lexington Regional Most Outstanding Player and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by senior Lauren Van Orden and sophomore Kelly Reeves. Awaiting the Bruins in San Antonio was Florida State in the National Semifinals. UCLA made quick work of the Seminoles with a sweep to move on to its first National Championship contest since 1994 against Illinois. The first two sets were close, with UCLA winning the first 25-23 and the Fighting Illini coming back to win the second by the same score. In the third, UCLA was down two set points, but scored four in a row to steal the set 26-24. In the fourth, it was all Bruins, as they never trailed to win the set 25-16 and claim the championship. Kidder, a first-team AVCA All-American who averaged 5.24 kills per set during the NCAA Tournament, was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player. She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Van Orden and freshman Zoe Nightingale. Second-year head coach Michael Sealy was also named AVCA National Coach of the Year.
In an amazing display of outstanding pitching, excellent defense and timely hitting, the UCLA baseball team won its first national championship and the 109th NCAA title in school history after completing a two-game sweep of Mississippi State in the College World Series Finals, as well as an undefeated, 10-0 record during the postseason. Producing the lowest earned run average in the aluminum bat era of the College World Series at 0.80, the Bruins allowed just four runs in five victories in Omaha. UCLA was led by the starting pitching of CWS Most Outstanding Player Adam Plutko and All-CWS Team honoree Nick Vander Tuig, who combined for four of the five wins, and the closing of David Berg, who set an NCAA record with 24 saves, including three at the CWS. At the plate, Eric Filia and Pat Valaika were also standouts in Omaha and went on to earn All-CWS Team honors. Filia drove in seven of his eight CWS runs in the Finals, including five in the championship-clinching contest, while Valaika had hits and RBI in each of the final three games of the season. The Bruins completed the season with a 49-17 record and an 11-game winning streak.