UCLA Baseball Claims No. 1 Ranking from Baseball America, Rivals.com
April 12, 2010
LOS ANGELES - UCLA has been ranked No. 1 in the nation by Baseball America and Yahoo! Sports/Rivals.com, as announced in Monday's weekly rankings. The Bruins (25-3) have not been ranked No. 1 during any season since March 3, 1997, when UCLA assumed the top spot in Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.
This week, UCLA has also been ranked No. 2 by Collegiate Baseball and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.
UCLA went 2-2 last week, dropping a midweek contest to Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, before winning two of three games at No. 17 Oregon State. The Bruins lost the series opener, 4-1, on Friday evening. UCLA rebounded with a 3-1 victory in 16 innings on Saturday, before closing the series with an 8-2 victory on Sunday.
The Bruins opened the 2010 season ranked No. 23 in Baseball America's preseason poll, but have ascended to the top spot this week after having opened the season 22-0 before going 4-2 through their first six Pac-10 games. UCLA was not ranked in the preseason top-25 poll by Rivals.com.
UCLA entered the 2008 season as the preseason No. 1 selection by Baseball America and has not been ranked No. 1 by any national publication since that year (preseason or midseason).
The Bruins return to action at UC Riverside on Tuesday. Game time at Riverside Sports Complex is 6 p.m. UCLA plays a three-game series at home this weekend against Oregon. Game times are Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m. at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium.