LOS ANGELES – UCLA has earned the No. 6 national seed in the 2010 NCAA Baseball Tournament, marking the first time in school history that the Bruins have secured a national seed. Serving as the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Los Angeles Regional, the Bruins (43-13) open tournament play at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Friday, June 4.
UCLA will face No. 4-seed Kent State (39-23) on Friday after the Regional’s opening game, featuring No. 2-seed Louisiana State (40-20) and No. 3-seed UC Irvine (37-19). Each of 16 NCAA Regionals features a four-team, double-elimination format.
Tenative game times for the Los Angeles Regional are slated for 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If necessary, Monday’s elimination contest will be played at 6 p.m. (tentative).
The winner of the NCAA Los Angeles Regional will advance to the Super Regionals and will face the winner of the NCAA Fullerton Regional on June 11-13 or June 12-14. The eight-team College World Series will be played at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb., from June 19-29/30.
The Bruins earned their 16th NCAA Tournament berth, and fourth in the last five seasons, as an at-large selection after finishing second in the Pac-10 Conference. UCLA totaled its most regular-season wins (43) in school history, and registered its highest Pac-10 finish since sharing a four-way Pac-10 title in 2000.
The Pac-10 Conference received eight berths to the NCAA Tournament, the highest-ever total for the conference.
Monday morning’s NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed on ESPN during a 30-minute “Selection Show,” beginning at 9:30 a.m.
UCLA opened its 2010 campaign with a school-record 22-0 start. Through the 56-game schedule, the Bruins won 10 of their 12 three-game weekend series, notching three-game sweeps of Nebraska, Oral Roberts, Cal Poly, Washington (road), USC and California (road).
Tickets to NCAA Regional games at Jackie Robinson Stadium will go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. Fans will be able to purchase tickets through UCLA’s Central Ticket Office (310-825-2101) or online via Ticketmaster. Beginning Tuesday, fans may only purchase All-Session Reserved ($80 adult/$65 student) or All-Session General Admission ($55 adult/$40 student) packages.
Single-game tickets will not be available until Friday. Reserved single-game tickets will cost $15 for adults and $12 for students. General admission single-game tickets will cost $10 for adults and $8 for students.