UCLA’s first road trip of the season was a trip to Minneapolis for the DQ Classic where they beat the host Minnesota Golden Gophers in UCLA’s final game of the event. Next weekend, the Bruins will head back to the Twin Cities to compete in the Minneapolis Regional.
UCLA will face off against the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Friday morning at 11 am PT. The Bruins didn’t play the Zags in baseball this season, but, last year, UCLA took two of three against them at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The fourth team in the Minneapolis Regional is Canisius.
Considering that D1Baseball.com had projected that the Bruins would head to Athens, Georgia in a regional that included the 7th seeded Georgia Bulldogs, it seems that the Bruins have gotten themselves a much more favorable matchup in a regional whose top seed is the 14 seed nationally.
Of course, the flip side to that is that it does set up a potentially tougher Super Regional if UCLA can make it out of the Minneapolis Regional. The Bruins could end up heading back to Corvallis for the Super Regional after losing two of three there this past weekend as Oregon State is the 3 seed nationally and the top seed at the Corvallis Regional which is paired up with the Minneapolis Regional.
But, before the Bruins can start looking to the Super Regionals, they must first take care of business in the Regional.
Friday’s game against Gonzaga will air on ESPNU, WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app. If the Bruins can win their opening game, they will face the winner of Minnesota-Canisius on Saturday.
Go Bruins!!! Bring home 117!!!