The hard work has paid off for the UCLA baseball team as the Bruins have earned the top seed for the NCAA Baseball Championship.
Frankly, it’s really hard to argue against the Bruins as the top seed. They’ve been the consensus #1 team in the country for most of the season, they didn’t lose a single midweek game all season and they didn’t lose a weekend series to all season either. That’s quite the résumé that the Bruins have built up.
And, if that’s not enough, they are the only team amongst the 16 regional hosts to finish the regular season with less than 10 losses.
The biggest question for the Bruins coming into today was: Who will they host in the Los Angeles Regional? Well, now, we know.
UCLA will host the Omaha Mavericks (31-22-1) on Friday at 7 pm PT on ESPN3. The other two teams playing in the Los Angeles Regional will be the Loyola Marymount Lions (32-23) and the Baylor Bears (34-17) who will meet at 1 pm PT on Friday on ESPN3.
The Regionals are played in a double elimination format with the winner advancing to the Super Regionals, which the higher seeded team will host. Assuming the Bruins advance, they would host the Super Regional as well because they are the #1 national seed and they will play the winner of the Corvallis Regional, which features the #16 national seed Oregon State Beavers, the Michigan Wolverines, and the Creighton Blue Jays.
Assuming that both UCLA and Oregon State win their respective regionals, it sets up a Super Regional between the Bruins and the defending national champion Beavers.
In addition to UCLA and OSU, there are three more Pac-12 teams in this year’s tournament. Stanford is the #11 national seed while UC Berkeley and Arizona State have also been selected to play for the championship.
If we’re being honest, Stanford seems to have gotten screwed pretty badly. The Cardinal were ranked either #3 or #4 in all of the major polls and their RPI was #9. So, for them to be seeded #11 seems lower than they should have been seeded.
Go Bruins!! Bring home 118!!!