May 15, 2011
UCLA, the defending national champions, will begin its title defense at the Gainesville, Florida Regional, facing Jacksonville in its first game on Friday at 12:30 p.m. PT. Joining the unseeded Bruins and Jacksonville in Gainesville are host and #4 national seed Florida and Bethune-Cookman.
Every UCLA game will be broadcast live over the internet at UCLABruins.com and will also feature Gametracker.
The winner of the Gainesville Regional will face the winner of the University Park Regional featuring #13 Oregon, Fordham, Penn State and Albany.
The Bruins have never been to the state of Florida for the postseason or played in Gainesville. UCLA has appeared in five tournaments in Florida and owns a record of 30-2. In three tournaments in Tampa, the Bruins went 8-1 in 1994, 8-0 in 1996 and 6-0 in 2000. In 2003, UCLA went 5-0 at the FAU Worth Invitational in Boca Raton. Last season, the Bruins opened their campaign in Clermont at the Dot Richardson Invitational. UCLA defeated Florida Atlantic, Tennessee and Georgia, while losing to Michigan.
UCLA (33-17) has never faced Friday's opponent Jacksonville (43-14), which was awarded a berth into the NCAA Tournament by winning the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.
The Bruins are 3-2 all-time against Florida (47-9), but have never played at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The two teams met on Feb. 25 at the Cathedral City Classic, with Florida coming away with a 4-1 triumph. UCLA posted 11-1 and 10-2 (6 innings) victories at Easton Stadium in 2002 and 2007. At the Women's College World Series in 2008, the Gators ended the Bruins' season with a 2-0 win. Last year, UCLA knocked off Florida in the opening game of the WCWS by a score of 16-3 in six innings.
UCLA is 1-0 against Bethune-Cookman (33-24), posting a 5-0 victory at the 2005 Cathedral City Classic.