The eighth national seed is up for grabs after Louisville went 0-2 in the Big East Tournament and UCLA is right in the running for it. Indiana is also in the race, despite no overly impressive series wins, but Mississippi St.'s hot finish to the season has them in the mix too. Still, the Bruins are right there and a series win, or ideally a sweep over Stanford this weekend gives them a compelling case.
Adam Plutko will start for UCLA tonight and he carries with him a 7-2 record and 2.60 ERA. He'll be opposed by Mark Appel, who may be the No. 1 overall pick in next month's draft. He's 9-4 with a 2.20 ERA this season and with Stanford needing a great weekend to have a chance at making the postseason, Appel will have to be at his best.
Tonight's game is on the Pac-12 Network so tune in at 7 p.m. for first pitch. If you don't get the channel, follow along on GameTracker. This is your open thread so have at it as the Bruins go national seed hunting.