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Softball Opens Season in Long Beach This Weekend
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  02/03/2004

Feb. 3, 2004

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UCLA begins defense of its 2003 NCAA Championship this weekend at Mayfair Park in Long Beach, CA, at the Long Beach State Tournament. The Bruins open play at 11:30 am on Saturday against Santa Clara, and will also face No. 6 Washington, host Long Beach State and San Diego State during tournament play.

Time Changes For Sunday's Competition
UCLA's games against Long Beach State and San Diego State have both been moved one hour earlier. The Bruins and host 49ers will now play at 3:30 pm, while UCLA will conclude tournament play at 5:30 pm against San Diego State.

Season Opens With Six Tournament Weekends
The Bruins will open their 2004 season with six straight tournament weekends, stretching throughout the remainder of UCLA's academic winter quarter. UCLA does not play its first non-tournament single game against a collegiate opponent until the Bruins play host to Cal State Fullerton on Mar. 30 at Easton Stadium. The six tournaments comprise just over 55% of UCLA's 2004 softball schedule, with 28 tournament games, one non-conference single game and a 21-game Pac-10 schedule.

Bruins vs. Long Beach State Tournament Field:
Santa Clara: The Bruins have an 11-0 advantage in the all-time series against the Broncos. Santa Clara has a 2-3 record so far this season with wins over UC Santa Barbara and Illinois-Chicago to go with losses to Oregon State, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara. The Bruins and Broncos last met in 1999 with the Bruins posting a doubleheader sweep of Santa Barbara to open an NCAA Championship season.
Washington: The Huskies, under the direction of Co-Interim Head Coaches Scott Centala and Steve Dailey, open their 2004 season this weekend as well. The Bruins won all four meetings with Washington last season and UCLA holds a 31-12 all-time record against UW.
Long Beach State: The Beach won the UCSB Early Bird Tournament last weekend with a 4-1 record to open their season. The Bruins and 49ers last played during the 2002 season, with The Beach winning a nine-inning first game of a doubleheader at Mayfair Park before the Bruins rebounded to win the nightcap 10-0, and a subsequent meeting at the National Invitational Tournament in San Jose, CA. UCLA holds a 55-7 all-time record against The Beach.
San Diego State: The Aztecs will open their season with a home doubleheader on Tuesday against Point Loma Nazarene before traveling to the Long Beach State Tournament. The Bruins hold a 50-2 all-time record against SDSU, and have not lost to the Aztecs since the 1978 season.

Advance Tickets On Sale for March 28 Game with U.S. Olympic Team
Advance tickets are now on sale for the March 28 game between UCLA and the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team at Easton Stadium. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for youth, and are available through the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-UCLA-WIN. Tickets for all other UCLA softball events must be purchased day-of-game at Easton Stadium.


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