Aug. 1, 2008
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA baseball team has released its 2009 schedule, which features 30 games against teams that advanced to the 2008 NCAA Tournament, as announced by fifth-year head coach John Savage. The Bruins will open the 2009 season with a three-game home series against UC Davis beginning Friday, Feb. 20.
UCLA's 56-game regular-season schedule includes 26 home contests and 30 games played away from Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium (three neutral-site contests). The Bruins will face five teams which advanced to an NCAA Super Regional in 2008 - Arizona, Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, Stanford and UC Irvine.
The 2009 schedule features three consecutive non-conference weekend road series - to the Houston College Classic (Feb. 27-March 1), at Oklahoma (March 6-8) and at East Carolina (March 13-15). Perennial powers Baylor, Houston, Rice, Texas A&M and UC Irvine are slated to join UCLA at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, for the Houston College Classic.
"We pride ourselves on playing one of the most difficult schedules in the country, year in and year out," Savage said. "That's how you improve as a program, and 2009 will be no different. Scheduling is a huge part of our program. We're looking forward to a tough non-conference schedule and a very competitive Pac-10 race."
Upon returning from East Carolina, the Bruins will open Pac-10 play with a three-game series at USC (March 21-23). UCLA hosts Arizona at Jackie Robinson Stadium (March 27-29) before playing back-to-back weekends at Pac-10 opponents - Washington State (April 3-5) and Stanford (April 9-11).
The Bruins will play 14 of their final 23 games at home, including consecutive Pac-10 home series against Washington (April 17-19) and Oregon State (April 24-26). UCLA will play Oregon (May 1-3) for the first time since 1979, making its first road trip to play the Ducks since May 9, 1969. Oregon reinstated its baseball program in July 2007 after having dropped the program following the 1981 season.
After hosting a three-game set against California (May 8-10), UCLA will play three games against Cal State Fullerton (May 15-17) - one Friday night contest at Fullerton's Goodwin Field and two games at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. After a midweek contest at UC Irvine, UCLA closes its regular season at defending Pac-10 champion Arizona State (May 22-24).
The Bruins' last three schedules have been ranked among the top three most difficult in the nation - including the No. 1 most challenging slate in 2006 - by Boyd's World (strength of schedule ranking service). UCLA played the No. 2 and No. 3 most difficult schedules, respectively, in 2007 and 2008, according to Boyd's World.
UCLA will face teams from six conferences. In addition to playing nine Pac-10 programs, the Bruins will play six Big West teams (Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara) and two West Coast Conference schools (Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine). Including the Houston College Classic, UCLA will play at least one Big-12 Conference opponent (Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas A&M), at least one Conference USA team (East Carolina, Houston, Rice) and one Mountain West Conference competitor (San Diego State).
2009 UCLA BASEBALL SCHEDULE
|Friday||Feb. 20||UC Davis||Jackie Robinson Stadium||6:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||Feb. 21||UC Davis||Jackie Robinson Stadium||2:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||Feb. 22||UC Davis||Jackie Robinson Stadium||1:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||Feb. 24||UC Santa Barbara||Santa Barbara, Calif.||2:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday||Feb. 25||UC Riverside||Jackie Robinson Stadium||6:00 p.m.|
|Friday||Feb. 27||^Houston College Classic||Houston, Texas||TBD|
|Saturday||Feb. 28||^Houston College Classic||Houston, Texas||TBD|
|Sunday||March 1||^Houston College Classic||Houston, Texas||9:00 a.m.|
|Tuesday||March 3||Pepperdine||Jackie Robinson Stadium||6:00 p.m.|
|Friday||March 6||Oklahoma||Norman, Okla.||1:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||March 7||Oklahoma||Norman, Okla.||12:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||March 8||Oklahoma||Norman, Okla.||11:00 a.m.|
|Tuesday||March 10||UC Santa Barbara||Jackie Robinson Stadium||6:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday||March 11||San Diego State||Jackie Robinson Stadium||6:00 p.m.|
|Friday||March 13||East Carolina||Greenville, N.C.||2:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||March 14||East Carolina||Greenville, N.C.||11:00 a.m.|
|Sunday||March 15||East Carolina||Greenville, N.C.||10:00 a.m.|
|Saturday||March 21||*USC||Los Angeles, Calif.||2:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||March 22||*USC||Los Angeles, Calif.||2:00 p.m.|
|Monday||March 23||*USC||Los Angeles, Calif.||6:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday||March 25||Pepperdine||Malibu, Calif.||3:00 p.m.|
|Friday||March 27||*Arizona||Jackie Robinson Stadium||6:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||March 28||*Arizona||Jackie Robinson Stadium||2:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||March 29||*Arizona||Jackie Robinson Stadium||1:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday||April 1||Loyola Marymount||Jackie Robinson Stadium||6:00 p.m.|
|Friday||April 3||*Washington State||Pullman, Wash.||5:30 p.m.|
|Saturday||April 4||*Washington State||Pullman, Wash.||2:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||April 5||*Washington State||Pullman, Wash.||12:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||April 7||UC Irvine||Jackie Robinson Stadium||6:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||April 9||*Stanford||Palo Alto, Calif.||5:30 p.m.|
|Friday||April 10||*Stanford||Palo Alto, Calif.||5:30 p.m.|
|Saturday||April 11||*Stanford||Palo Alto, Calif.||1:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||April 14||San Diego State||San Diego, Calif.||6:00 p.m.|
|Friday||April 17||*Washington||Jackie Robinson Stadium||6:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||April 18||*Washington||Jackie Robinson Stadium||2:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||April 19||*Washington||Jackie Robinson Stadium||1:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||April 21||UC Riverside||Riverside, Calif.||6:00 p.m.|
|Friday||April 24||*Oregon State||Jackie Robinson Stadium||6:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||April 25||*Oregon State||Jackie Robinson Stadium||2:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||April 26||*Oregon State||Jackie Robinson Stadium||1:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||April 28||Long Beach State||Jackie Robinson Stadium||6:00 p.m.|
|Friday||May 1||*Oregon||Eugene, Ore.||3:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||May 2||*Oregon||Eugene, Ore.||1:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||May 3||*Oregon||Eugene, Ore.||1:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||May 5||Cal State Bakersfield||Jackie Robinson Stadium||6:00 p.m.|
|Friday||May 8||*California||Jackie Robinson Stadium||6:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||May 9||*California||Jackie Robinson Stadium||2:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||May 10||*California||Jackie Robinson Stadium||1:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||May 12||Long Beach State||Jackie Robinson Stadium||6:00 p.m.|
|Friday||May 15||Cal State Fullerton||Fullerton, Calif.||7:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||May 16||Cal State Fullerton||Jackie Robinson Stadium||6:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||May 17||Cal State Fullerton||Jackie Robinson Stadium||1:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||May 19||UC Irvine||Irvine, Calif.||6:00 p.m.|
|Friday||May 22||*Arizona State||Tempe, Calif.||6:30 p.m.|
|Saturday||May 23||*Arizona State||Tempe, Calif.||6:30 p.m.|
|Sunday||May 24||*Arizona State||Tempe, Calif.||1:00 p.m.|
|Fri. - Mon.||May 29 - June 1||NCAA Regionals||TBD||TBD|
|Fri. - Mon.||June 5 - June 8||NCAA Super Regionals||TBD||TBD|
|Sat. - Wed.||June 13 - June 24||College World Series||Omaha, Neb.||TBD|
* indicates Pac-10 Conference game
^ Houston College Classic to feature UCLA, Baylor, Houston, Rice, Texas A&M and UC Irvine at Minute Maid Park (Houston, Texas)
All game times are Pacific