The UCLA Bruins (50-4) are set to host the regional round of the NCAA Tournament following Sunday’s selection show. UCLA will be the No. 3 overall seed after spending much of the 2018 season ranked No. 1 in the country.
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The Bruins will open double-elimination play Friday, May 18 against Big Sky champion Sacramento State, while the other first-round game will feature Cal State-Fullerton and Texas State. The regional final is set for Sunday, May 20.
Overall, seven Pac-12 schools made the 2018 tourney field with five set to host regionals.
UCLA finished second in the Pac-12 race this season, one game behind conference champion Oregon with a 20-4 mark in league play.
The Bruins are led by pitcher Rachel Garcia, was was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year.
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Garcia maintained a 1.08 ERA and a 21-2 record while striking out 218 batters.
Offensively, Aaliyah Jordan leads the Bruins in batting average (.444), slugging percentage (.759), RBI (63) and home runs (11).
UCLA will also host a super regional should the Bruins advance, and its opponent in that super regional could be No. 14 seed Arizona.