LOS ANGELES - The UCLA baseball team has been selected as one of eight NCAA Super Regional hosts. The Bruins (45-14) will face TCU (40-20) in a best-of-three series at Jackie Robinson Stadium beginning Friday.
UCLA will host an NCAA Super Regional for the second time since the current postseason format expanded in 1999 and will play in its fourth NCAA Super Regional.
Game times are 6 p.m. Friday (ESPN), 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2) and 7 p.m. Sunday, if necessary (ESPN2). UCLA last hosted a Super Regional in 2010, defeating Cal State Fullerton, two games to one.
All-session ticket packages for the upcoming NCAA Los Angeles Super Regional will be on sale beginning Tuesday at 10 a.m. through UCLA's Central Ticket Office. Fans can order tickets online (click here for tickets) or by calling (310) 825-2946.
The Bruins swept the NCAA Los Angeles Regional at home over the weekend, advancing to the Super Regional round for the third time in six seasons. UCLA defeated Creighton, 13-5, in the NCAA Regional final on Sunday.
"I'd like to thank our fans who came to the ballpark last weekend and watched us win the Los Angeles Regional," eighth-year UCLA head coach John Savage said "Our program relies on strong fan support, and I urge those fans to come back for the Super Regional this weekend and give us a great home field advantage."
TCU defeated Mississippi in the College Station Regional final, 7-4, on Monday evening to advance to the NCAA Los Angeles Super Regional. The Horned Frogs finished the regular season tied for first place with New Mexico, at 18-6, in the Mountain West standings.
"TCU had a very successful season in the Mountain West and won a challenging regional in College Station at Texas A&M," Savage said. "This will be a very tough test for our program, and we're looking forward to opening the series on Friday at Jackie Robinson Stadium."
All-session reserved tickets cost $42 for adults and $30 for youth (ages 3-16). Pending availability, single-game tickets may go on sale later this week.
NCAA Super Regionals
TCU at UCLA
Los Angeles, Calif.
Kent State at Oregon
N.C. State at Florida
St. John's at Arizona
Arkansas at Baylor
Oklahoma at South Carolina
Stanford at Florida State
Stony Brook at LSU
Baton Rouge, La.
GERLALICH DRAFTED #57
LOS ANGELES - UCLA junior outfielder Jeff Gelalich was selected by the Cincinnati Reds as the No. 57 overall pick in the supplemental first round of the 2012 MLB Draft on Monday evening.
Gelalich leads UCLA (45-14) with a .372 batting average, the second-highest mark in the Pac-12 Conference, and has belted a team-leading 11 home runs in all 59 games. The native of La Verne, Calif., becomes the 18th UCLA ballplayer selected in the first round or supplemental first round of the MLB Draft.
"You always dream about this happening, and when it does, you don't know what to do," Gelalich said. "It's definitely surreal. This is what I have worked for my whole life. This is what I've dreamed of doing, and it's what I've wanted to do. I feel really blessed."
Gelalich belted two home runs, going 3-for-4 with four RBI, to lead the Bruins past Creighton, 13-5, in the NCAA Los Angeles Regional final on Sunday night. The Bruins are preparing for an NCAA Super Regional matchup against TCU (40-20) at Jackie Robinson Stadium beginning Friday at 6 p.m. (PT).
"It's been a fun 24 hours," Gelalich said. "But as soon as I go to bed tonight, it's over with. It's back to work Tuesday, and we have to be ready to play TCU this weekend."
Gelalich becomes the third UCLA ballplayer selected in the first round or supplemental round over the last two seasons. The Bruins' right fielder is the fourth player selected in the first round or supplemental first round during head coach John Savage's eight-year tenure at UCLA (also Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer in 2011, and Dave Huff in 2006).
"Our program is very excited for Jeff and his family," Savage said. "He has been a very good player for us the last three years, and he's had a great junior season. He's been one of our captains this year, leading us into the position that we're in this week. The guy has worked extremely hard in the offseason and made himself better."
The 2012 MLB Draft continues with rounds 2-15 on Tuesday, starting at 9 a.m. Rounds 16-40 take place on Wednesday, beginning at 9 a.m.