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TOP-RANKED BRUINS HOST FIVE GAMES AT EASTON
The top-ranked Bruins open a five-game, week-long homestand on Wednesday with a 12 p.m. doubleheader against UC Santa Barbara. UCLA then returns to Pac-12 play with a three-game weekend series versus Utah. Friday’s contest is at 7 p.m., followed by Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m. Free audio and live stats will be available for all five games at UCLABruins.com.
The Bruins travel to Eugene next week for a three-game series between the top two teams in the nation. #1 UCLA and #2 Oregon play on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 at 1 p.m. All three contests will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins are first in both national polls this week. UCLA gained 14 points and 14 first-place votes in this week’s USA Today/NFCA poll to move from second to first and three points and five first-place nods in this week’s ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings to maintain its top spot for the second week in a row. The Bruins were ranked fourth in the Pac-12 preseason coaches poll, receiving 42 points.
BRUINS VS. GAUCHOS AND UTES
The Bruins lead the all-time series with UC Santa Barbara 70-4 and have won seven in a row, including an 8-3 victory at Easton Stadium last April 24. UCLA is 27-2 against UCSB at Easton Stadium. The Gauchos’ last win was a 7-2 triumph in Westwood on March 24, 2009 ... the Bruins are 21-3 against Utah, but the Utes won the Pac-12 series last year in Salt Lake City. UCLA won game one of the series 6-4, but Utah came back with 7-4 and 8-3 victories. The Bruins are 5-0 at home against Utah, including a three-game sweep in 2012.