UCLA plays LSU in game 1, and then plays either North Carolina or North Carolina St in game 2.
Here are the comparative results for each game-
Game 1 (equivalent of Friday starts)-
UCLA 13-4, median runs scored 3, median runs allowed 2
LSU 16-1, median runs scored 5, median runs allowed 2
Game 2 (equivalent of Saturday starts)-
UCLA 12-5, median runs scored 4, median runs allowed 3
either North Carolina 14-2, median runs scored 7.5, median runs allowed 4
or North Carolina St 11-5, median runs scored 5, median runs allowed 3
Clearly LSU will be a major hurdle. Their Friday starter Nola is 12-0, with a 1.68 ERA. They are as stingy in terms of average runs allowed, with a larger margin of victory. But UCLA has been hot on Friday, winning 9 of their last 10, with the only loss being to Stanford with Appel pitching.
In game 2, North Carolina games have been high scoring, with North Carolina putting up major offensive numbers. North Carolina St results are more in line with UCLA's average scores. Here again, the Bruins have been hot on Saturday, winning 8 of their last 9, with the only loss being at Stanford.
It would sure be nice to stay in the winner's bracket. That worked in the regionals and super-regionals. No reason to stop now.
More trivia- the last time UCLA trailed in the postseason was after the 5th inning of game 2 in the regionals against Cal Poly. The Bruins scored 4 runs in the top of the 6th in that game to tie the game and 2 more in the top of the 7th to take the lead. The Bruins never trailed in the final regional game against USD, and never trailed against Fullerton in the super-regional. This would be another good strategy for Omaha- get ahead, stay ahead- pitch count and box score.