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Gotta love a short work week. We are looking forward to Rye's preview of the baseball team's appearance in the tournament. Meanwhile, lets get started with some details on tourney logistics from CSTV:

Pepperdine (35-20) will face the No. 3 seeded Bruins (30-26) at 3 p.m. Host Long Beach State (37-18), the regional's No. 1 seed, will meet No. 4 seed Illinois-Chicago (34-19) at 7 p.m.

Two games will be played on Friday, Saturday (3 p.m. and 7. p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m. and 6 p.m.), with a possible winner-take-all game on Monday beginning at 6 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday beginning at 10 a.m. and can be purchased by calling the Long Beach State ticket office at (562) 985-4949. All-session tickets will only be made available until the start of the regional.

The winner of the Long Beach Regional will face the San Diego Regional beginning either June 8 or 9 at a site to be determined.
Our official site has this tidbit on the team's this year record against Pepperdine and its recent tourney history:
UCLA won both games against Pepperdine during the regular season. The Bruins defeated Pepperdine, 6-2, at home on April 17 and won, 4-1, in Malibu, Calif., on May 8.

The Bruins will make their 14th appearance in an NCAA Regional, marking the program's first back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths since the 1999 and 2000 seasons. Last season, UCLA finished 1-2 as the No. 2 seed at the NCAA Tournament's Malibu Regional at Pepperdine.
Playing so close to home may post some distractions. Nevertheless Bruins are excited to find themselves in the tourney and are anxious to get on with it. From the Daily Bruin:
Playing just a short drive south on the 405 Freeway, the team will have some home-field advantage with a big fan base at its games.

"We’re really excited," Curtis said. "It’s a tough regional. It’s close to home so we’ll get a home crowd. You always want support from the family members and friends."

Still, playing close to home presents its own set of challenges to coach John Savage’s team. He noted that being so near to the team’s home turf is a mixed blessing. Whereas a postseason road trip takes the players out of their lives temporarily, playing so close to home poses a lot of potential distractions. Last season the Bruins did not do as good a job at avoiding the distractions as Savage would have liked.

"Having a lot of support and a fan base is the best thing you could ask for," Savage said. "You just don’t want distractions. You don’t want players focusing on the Major League Draft, you don’t want them focusing on ‘how many tickets I have to get for this crew.’ Sometimes when you get sent out (on the road) you don’t have those (distractions). We have to do a better job of keeping distractions down and making sure that we’re focused on the regional."

This regional will be the second consecutive regional that could be dubbed a "freeway series" for the Bruins. While UCLA received the No. 2 seed for the second year in a row, some of the team was let down that there were no plane tickets to book.

"Everyone wanted to travel a little bit (and) get out of the state," Brummett said. "But a regional is a regional; you can’t be negative about it. We’re excited and ready to go out there and compete."
Bruins will need to do better than what we have done these past three weekends losing 7 of our last 9 games, which also included dropping 5 of our last 6 road games. Hopefully this week's rest will allow our starting pitchers to re-energize and come back with strong performances this coming Friday.

Moving on from baseball 'street diaried up some interesting news concerning Jrue Holiday. The kid is coming on campus this weekend with UCLA commit Jerime Anderson (who he is very good friends with). Let's hope the visit (its an "unofficial") goes well.

And lets end with a little football note. Kevin over at FanBlogs has put up some charts doing a little pre-season roundup of some of the major polls. Karl Dorrell's mediocre program is sticking out like a sore thumb:
What in the hell is going on with the UCLA rankings? Fox has them in the top 10, Athlon at number 15 and Lindy's at number 22, while Rivals and the AJC don't even have the Bruins ranked. That's a pretty wide disparity. UCLA is the only team that cracked the top ten in one poll, that didn't make it onto everybody's top 25 list. For my part, I can't get the FSU ass-whipping out of my mind. If UCLA intends to play the way they did last year (and I haven't really seen enough to think that this year's team would be better), then I think the Bruins are #24 or #25-ish projection, if they make the list at all.
Well Kevin's projection (if by that he means how he predicts Dorrell to finish his fifth season) may turn out to be right. However, if that happens if UCLA finishes the season with a pathetic 8-9 win season with no Pac-10 championship, then it will probably mean a new head coach for the football team heading into next season.

GO BRUINS.