UCLA: Rankings

UCLA ranked No. 2 by Baseball America

January, 27, 2011
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Defending national runner-up UCLA is ranked No. 2 in Baseball America's preseason poll.

The Bruins are one of six Pac-10 teams ranked in the top 19. Last season, eight of the 10 conference teams reached the postseason. UCLA opens the season Feb. 18 against San Francisco.

Baseball America's top 20:

1. Florida
2. UCLA
3. Texas Christian
4. Vanderbilt
5. Oklahoma
6. Texas
7. South Carolina
8. Cal State Fullerton
9. Connecticut
10. Clemson
11. Arizona State
12. Florida State
13. Stanford
14. Oregon
15. Virginia
16. Baylor
17. California
18. Rice
19. Arizona
20. College of Charleston

Softball: Defending champs ranked No. 2

January, 25, 2011
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Defending national champion UCLA is ranked No. 2 in the preseason ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25, despite earning half of the 20 first-place votes.

Arizona, last year's runner-up, received nine first-place votes but is ranked at the top because of a higher point total. UCLA, which went 10-0 in the postseason last year, opens its title defense on Feb. 11 at Easton Stadium. The Pac-10 is represented well in the initial poll, with seven schools cracking the top 18.

The poll:

1. Arizona (9)
2. UCLA (10)
3. Alabama (1)
4. Georgia
5. Florida
6. Oklahoma
7. Tennessee
8. Michigan
9. Missouri
10. Arizona State
11. Washington
12. California
13. Hawaii
14. Oregon
15. Texas
16. Louisiana State
17. Georgia Tech
18. Stanford
19. Texas A&M
20. Brigham Young
For the UCLA baseball team, a three-up-and-three-down weekend was followed by another three up -- the latter coming Monday when Baseball America released its latest collegiate rankings.

The streaking Bruins, winners of seven straight and 11 of their last 12, moved up from No. 10 to No. 7 -- the team's highest ranking in nearly a month. UCLA was pegged as the nation's No. 5 team before losing three times at home to No. 3 Arizona State.

The rough weekend has been the only blemish in the team's résumé so far. UCLA is 41-11 on the season, which ties the program record for most regular-season wins (also happened in 1979). The Bruins, who are 30 games over .500 for the first time since 1969, travel to Orange County tonight looking to avenge a 6-1 home loss No. 8 Cal State Fullerton.

Both teams are virtual locks to host Regionals when postseason play begins in early June, but that doesn't mean tonight's matchup at Goodwin Field is meaningless.

"We have to go in there and play well," head coach John Savage said following UCLA's sweep of California. "We know what they've done, but we just have to go in there and play our baseball."

Bruins sneak into top 10 in latest rankings

May, 19, 2010
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A sweep of rival USC was enough to push the UCLA baseball team back into the top 10 of Baseball America's collegiate rankings on Monday.

With the three wins, the Bruins improved to 13-8 in Pac-10 play and moved into sole possession of second place (two and a half games behind No.3-ranked Arizona State) in the standings. UCLA has a series at California (May 21-23) and versus Washington State (May 28-30) left on the conference schedule.

Washington State, which took a series at Stanford, came in at No. 24 to become the eighth different Pac-10 team to be ranked this season. No. 22 Oregon is the only other ranked Pac-10 team this week.

Baseball jumps a spot in latest rankings

May, 10, 2010
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Last week, the UCLA baseball team slid seven spots -- from No. 5 to No. 12 -- after being swept at home by No. 3 Arizona State.

The Bruins responded with a four-win week, beating Pepperdine last Tuesday and sweeping Washington in Seattle over the weekend. As a result, UCLA (34-10, 10-8 Pac-10) only moved up one spot -- to No. 11 -- in Baseball America's weekly rankings.

UCLA ascended from seventh place in the Pac-10 Conference standingsto a tie for second place. Home sets against crosstown rival USC (23-24, 5-13) and Washington State (24-17, 8-9) and a road trip to California (27-17, 11-9) still loom in the conference schedule.

UCLA will face UC Irvine (29-16) at Anteater Ballpark on Tuesday night before hosting USC in a weekend series.

Baseball drops to No. 5 in latest poll

April, 19, 2010
4/19/10
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UCLA's reign atop the Baseball America weekly collegiate rankings was short lived.

The Bruins (27-5) dropped two of three at home to Oregon over the weekend and as a result, slipped to the No. 5 slot in the weekly poll. Oregon (23-12) benefited from it, moving into the rankings for the first time ever and coming in at No. 18.

The Pac-10 Conference race is sure to heat up in the next few weeks. No. 1 Arizona State (31-3), No. 15 California (22-11), No. 17 Arizona (26-9) and No. 22 Stanford (18-13) round out the other ranked Pac-10 programs.

UCLA hosts Long Beach State (15-16) on Tuesday before traveling to Tucson, Ariz. for a weekend set against the Wildcats.

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