UCLA baseball program released its schedule for 2010-11 season earlier in the week:
UCLA's 56-game regular-season schedule features 28 home games, 27 road games and one neutral contest against USC at Dodger Stadium. The non-conference slate includes weekend series at home against San Francisco (Feb. 18-20), San Jose State (Feb. 25-27) and Cal State Bakersfield (May 13-15) and road series at Nebraska (March 4-6) and Cal Poly (March 19-21).
For the second straight year, UCLA will compete in the Dodgertown Classic, taking place in 2011 the weekend of March 11-13. This year's four-team field includes Georgia, Ohio State, USC and UCLA. The Bruins are slated to host Ohio State and Georgia on March 11 and 12 before facing USC at Dodger Stadium on March 13.
"Last year's game against USC at Dodger Stadium was an overwhelming success, and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to play there again," Savage said. "We had over 14,000 fans show up for our game at Dodger Stadium last February. With Ohio State and Georgia heading to Los Angeles next March, we'll work our hardest to make sure this year's Dodgertown Classic even better."
The Bruins kick off Pac-10 play at crosstown rival USC (March 25-27), having won 13 of their last 16 games against the Trojans, including three-game series sweeps in 2007 and 2010.
Blair Angulo from ESPNLA noted that John Savage altered his scheduling philosophy a bit this year catering towards a program that is coming of the finals of CWS:
The schedule is a far cry from 2009, when Savage took his young squad to places such as Houston's Minute Maid Park (home of the highly regarded College Classic), Oklahoma and East Carolina -- on consecutive weekends. The Bruins played at Miami and at Mississippi in 2007.
"We pride ourselves on playing one of the most difficult schedules in the country, year in and year out," Savage said at the time. "That's how you improve as a program."
Savage clearly did that, leading the Bruins to a successful run through Omaha this past season. So, really, what else is there to experience? Where else is there to go?
UCLA is now considered one of the nation's elite teams and an early favorite to return to the College World Series. Savage's altered scheduling approach makes that task a little easier, though the Pac-10 Conference promises to be competitive once again.
One thing is clear: Teams should be fighting each other for the right to play the Bruins. Not the other way around.
Makes sense to us.