Softball Schedule Features 20 Home Games Including Exhibition With Team USA
Dec. 4, 2007
LOS ANGELES -
The 2008 UCLA softball schedule features 19 non-conference contests against teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament, the traditionally tough Pac-10 slate and an exhibition game against Team USA at Easton Stadium.
The season begins on Feb. 8-10 when the Bruins host the UCLA/Cal State Fullerton Freeway Series at Easton Stadium. UCLA plays Nevada and postseason team Oklahoma on Friday, Santa Clara and NCAA Tournament squad UC Santa Barbara on Saturday and has a rematch with Oklahoma to close out play on Sunday. In all, there will be eight games played over the three days in Westwood.
The Bruins then head out on the road for the next two weekends for more tournament action. At the UNLV Louisville Slugger Desert Classic (Feb. 15-17), UCLA takes on NCAA Tournament teams Missouri and South Carolina, along with Illinois, Portland State and Wisconsin. A weekday contest at NCAA Tournament team Loyola Marymount on Feb. 20 preludes a big weekend at the Palm Springs Classic (Feb. 22-24). UCLA faces five squads that reached the postseason a year ago in Massachusetts, Georgia, Baylor, Hawai'i and Northwestern.
The home schedule resumes on Feb. 27 with a matchup against Cal State Bakersfield, but then its back on the road again for the San Diego Classic (Feb. 29-Mar. 2). Played on both the University of San Diego and San Diego State campuses, the Bruins will play NCAA Tournament team Eastern Michigan, along with James Madison, St. Peter's, USD and SDSU.
On Mar. 5, the Bruins host UNLV before heading to the Long Beach State Invitational that weekend (Mar. 7-9). UCLA will travel to Mayfair Park in Lakewood to play postseason teams Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and Northwestern, along with Rutgers and host Long Beach State.
UCLA plays its final two non-conference home games on Mar. 12 and 13 when it faces NCAA Tournament teams Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge. Then after taking a break for Winter Quarter finals, the Bruins are back in action for their non-conference finale on Mar. 25, a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara.
Pac-10 play begins with seven straight home games, starting with Oregon State and Oregon (Mar. 28-30). After a mid-week matchup with Washington on Apr. 2, the Bruins welcome Stanford and California on Apr. 4-6 before heading out on the road for eight in a row.
A trip to Arizona State and Arizona (Apr. 11-13) starts the trip off for the Bruins, who then travel to Washington the following weekend for games on Apr. 18 and 19. A trek to the Bay Area winds things down with games against California and Stanford slated for Apr. 25-27.
In between the trips to Washington and the Bay Area, the Bruins will host the U.S. National Team on Apr. 22 at 6 p.m. at Easton Stadium. The game will part of Team USA's Bound 4 Beijing Tour. Five former Bruins, Andrea Duran, Lisa Fernandez, Tairia Mims Flowers, Stacey Nuveman and Natasha Watley, were named to the team in September as Team USA looks for its fourth straight gold medal next Summer.
The final homestand of the regular season kicks off on May 2 against National Champion Arizona and wraps up over the next two days against Arizona State (May 3-4). UCLA concludes the Pac-10 schedule with contests at Oregon and Oregon State (May 8-10).
NCAA Tournament play starts on May 16 with Regionals through May 18. Sixteen teams advance to Super Regionals (May 23-25) and the final eight squads convene in Oklahoma City for the Women's College World Series (May 29-June 4).
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