May 16, 2004
The defending NCAA Champion UCLA Bruin softball team begins its title defense on Thursday vs. Mississippi Valley State at Easton Stadium. Alabama, Long Beach State, Louisville, Missouri, Cornell and Central Michigan will also travel to Los Angeles for Regional play.
Regional play will begin on Thursday morning at 9 am at Easton Stadium. Game times for Thursday's first day of competition are as follows:
Game 1 9 am - #3 Long Beach State vs. #6 Cornell
Game 2 11:30 am - #7 Central Michigan vs. #2 Alabama
Game 3 2 pm - #4 Louisville vs. #5 Missouri
Game 4 4:30 pm - #1 UCLA vs. #8 Mississippi Valley State
Game 5 7 pm- Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
ESPN will televise three games from the UCLA Regional. The first televised game is Game 7 at Noon PT on Friday, which will feature the winner of Game 1 vs. the winner of Game 2. Saturday's first game of the day, which is the winners bracket final (Game 11), and Sunday's first championship game (Game 14) will also be televised with Beth Mowins and Tammy Blackburn calling the action for all games.
Tickets will be available at the gate. A four-day All-Sessions ticket is $30 for adults and $20 for students. Single-day passes are $10 for adults and $6 for students.
With its selection to the 2004 NCAA tournament field, UCLA has now been invited to 21 of a possible 23 Regional Tournaments. The Bruins have won nine NCAA (1982-84-85-88-89-90-92-99-2003) and 10 total National Championships (1978 AIAW), and have played in the NCAA Championship game a record 16 times. UCLA won the 1995 NCAA Championship, but its participation in that tournament was later vacated by the NCAA. The Bruins were not invited to the NCAA tournament on two occasions, in 1986, and in 1998, a year in which UCLA was ineligible for postseason play.