May 26, 2008
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA baseball team has captured a No. 2 seed at the NCAA Tournament's Fullerton Regional, earning its third consecutive postseason berth for the first time in school history.
The Bruins (31-25) will face No. 3 seed (38-21) Virginia at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 30 at Cal State Fullerton's Goodwin Field. UCLA finished third in the Pac-10 Conference with a 13-11 mark. The Cavaliers posted a fourth-place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division with a 15-15 conference record.
No. 1 seed Cal State Fullerton (37-19) will face No. 4 seed Rider (29-26), who won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title, in the other regional-opening contest on Friday.
All games at the Fullerton Regional will be televised live by ESPNU.
UCLA has never played Virginia or Rider in its 88-year baseball history. The Bruins lost each of three games to Cal State Fullerton in mid-week action earlier this season. UCLA played 26 games during the regular season against teams which have advanced to the NCAA Tournament (10-16 record).
The Bruins will make their 15th appearance in an NCAA Regional and have earned their fourth postseason berth in the last five years. Last season, UCLA swept the Long Beach State Regional before dropping both games at the Fullerton Super Regional.
Five teams from the Pac-10 Conference earned berths in the 2008 NCAA Tournament, including UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona, California and Stanford.
Fullerton Regional Schedule
Friday, May 30
4 p.m. - Game 1: No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 3 Virginia
8 p.m. - Game 2: No. 1 Cal State Fullerton vs. No. 4 Rider
Saturday, May 31
4 p.m. - Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2
8 p.m. - Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2
Sunday, June 1
4 p.m. - Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
8 p.m. - Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5
Monday, June 2
8 p.m. - Game 7: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 (if necessary)
*second game on each day to begin at 8 p.m. or 50 minutes after game one