Jan. 20, 2006
Los Angeles - The UCLA baseball team's 2006 schedule was ranked No. 1 in terms of strength by Boyd's World, a baseball statistics internet site. The Bruins' strength of schedule measured in at 115.0, over a point higher than second-place Long Beach State (113.9) in the rankings.
Following UCLA and Long Beach State in the rankings was Stanford (113.7), USC (113.4) and California (113.2), teams the Bruins are set to face this season.
The Boyd's World strength of schedule is a measure of the average iterative strength rating (IRS) of a team's opponents and the standard deviation of the opponent's IRS.
The Bruins are set to play 56 games in 2006, 31 games at Jackie Robinson Stadium and 25 on the road, with 32 games scheduled against teams that competed in the NCAA Regional Championships last season.
UCLA will take on 12 teams that competed in the NCAA Regional Championships last year (Miami, Pepperdine, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, NC State, Ole Miss, UNLV, Arizona, Arizona State, USC, Stanford, and Oregon State), and will have 18 games during the season against NCAA Super Regional participants (Miami, Cal State Fullerton, Ole Miss, Arizona State, USC, Oregon State).
The Bruins will officially begin their 2006 campaign with the annual Alumni Game at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 12 p.m. UCLA will open the regular season with a three-game series against Fresno State at home beginning Friday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m.