Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Pair of teams advance in postseason play
By Blair Angulo
The good news: two squads made progress towards capturing UCLA's 106th national championship over the weekend. The bad news: two others saw their title hopes fade.
Here's a look back at what transpired, as well as a brief look at the softball and men's golf team's NCAA Tournament schedules.
Softball: Two wins separate UCLA from next month's College World Series in Oklahoma City. The No. 5-seeded Bruins host Louisiana-Lafayette in the Super Regionals this weekend after having swept through its Regional. The first game of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m and will be televised by either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.
Men's Golf: It wasn't necessarily pretty, but No. 1-seeded UCLA managed a third-place finish at the East Regional to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The Bruins shot a seven-under par in the final round -- the best of the day -- and finished one stroke behind co-champions Texas and Kent State. UCLA will make its eighth straight appearance at the national championship tournament, which begins on June 1 in Tennessee.
Men's Tennis: UCLA had Virginia, the nation's top-ranked team, on the ropes with a trip to the semifinals on the line on Sunday. The Bruins simply ran out of steam. After taking the doubles point, UCLA dropped the next three singles matches to fall in a 3-1 hole. UCLA freshman Maxime Tabatruong lost the deciding match after having won the first set.
"I thought we played a great match," coach Billy Martin said in a statement. "For a long time during it, I thought we had a good chance to win. ... Overall, I still felt we played well and fought hard. Today, Virginia was just the better team."
Virginia lost to No. 5 USC in the semifinals on Monday.
Women's Golf: Top-ranked UCLA never got it going at the NCAA Championships, finishing in sixth place -- 16 shots behind national champion Purdue.