The UCLA baseball team, which won its first outright Pac-10 title since 1986 and was picked of one of 16 host sites for the upcoming NCAA Regionals, will also play host to No. 2 Fresno State, No. 3 UC Irvine and No. 4 University of San Francisco in the upcoming baseball regionals, which begin Friday at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The Bruins open with the Dons with Gerrit Cole on the mound, and they have to be feeling pretty good: They swept three games from USF to open the season by a combined score of 8-1, and they also went 1-1 against the Anteaters.
If UCLA survives the regionals, the road gets much steeper, almost at an incline, as a potential matchup with overall No. 1 seed Virginia, which boasts one of the top pitchers in the country in Danny Hultzen.
The Bruins, of course, counter with Cole and Trevor Bauer, who helped lead the team to an 11-6 record down the stretch as they propelled back into, and then ultimately prevailed in, the Pac-10 race.