2 p.m. - #2/#1 UCLA at #5/#6 Washington
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TOP-RANKED BRUINS HEAD TO SEATTLE FOR THREE GAMES
The top-ranked Bruins travel to Seattle for another wraparound weekend series against #5 Washington. Saturday and Monday’s games start at 2 p.m., while Sunday’s contest begins at 3 p.m. The Sunday and Monday games will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks. Free UW audio will be available on the softball schedule page at UCLABruins.com for Saturday’s game.
The Bruins play five times at Easton Stadium next week, starting on Wednesday, March 26 with a 12 p.m. doubleheader against UC Santa Barbara. UCLA then hosts Utah in a Pac-12 series Friday, March 28 (7 p.m.), Saturday, March 29 (6 p.m.) and Sunday, March 30 (12 p.m.).
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins improved to No. 1 in this week’s ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, gaining two spots and earning an additional 22 points and seven first-place votes (11 this week). UCLA moved up one spot to second in this week’s USA Today/NFCA rankings, receiving 35 more points and six more first-place votes (nine this week). UCLA was ranked fourth in the Pac-12 preseason coaches poll, receiving 42 points.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. HUSKIES
The Bruins lead the all-time series with Washington 48-29, but the Huskies have won four in a row, sweeping UCLA at Easton Stadium last April 2-3 (1-0, 5-4 in 9 innings, 6-0). UCLA won the most recent series in Seattle in 2012 (April 13-15), posting 7-5 and 5-0 wins, while falling in the series finale 5-2.