OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Winners of a combined 18 NCAA Championships, the UCLA Bruins and the Arizona Wildcats will square off in the finals for the sixth time in the history of the Women's College World Series. The best 2-of-3 series begins on Monday at 5 p.m. PT/7 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN2 HD and ESPN3.com, with Gametracker on UCLABruins.com.
The Bruins (48-11) are a perfect 8-0 in the postseason and 3-0 in the WCWS, beating Florida on Thursday (16-3 in six innings), Hawai'i on Friday (5-2) and Georgia on Sunday (5-2) to advance to their 19th WCWS Championship game/series. UCLA has won 10 NCAA titles in 1982, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2003 and 2004.
The Bruins have been undefeated heading into the WCWS Championship game/series 11 times, winning the title on seven occasions in 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1999 and 2004. UCLA's last appearance in the final was in the initial WCWS Championship Series in 2005, losing to Michigan in three games.
The Wildcats (52-12) came through the loser's bracket to advance to the WCWS Championship Series. The eight-time NCAA Champions lost to Tennessee on Thursday 9-0 in five innings, but were able to win twice on Saturday and two more times on Sunday to move on to the finals. Arizona beat Washington (4-3) and Hawaii (5-1) on Saturday and Tennessee twice on Sunday by scores of 8-0 in five innings and 5-2.
The Bruins and the Wildcats have faced each other in the Championship Game five times. UCLA defeated Arizona in 1992, losing to the Wildcats in 1991, 1993, 1997 and 2001. Arizona holds an 8-4 advantage all-time in the WCWS against UCLA.The Bruins won the regular-season series against the Wildcats in Tucson, with the teams meeting in the final weekend of Pac-10 play. UCLA won 6-5 in eight innings on May 13 thanks to a go-ahead homer by senior Julie Burney in the first extra frame. Arizona bounced back with a 5-3, comeback win on May 14 on a two-run, walk-off homer by Kristen Arriola, but the Bruins won the series and season finale by a score of 6-4 on May 15. The Bruins lead the all-time series 68-51 and have won seven of the last 10 against the Wildcats.
UCLA BASEBALL WINS NCAA LOS ANGELES REGIONAL, DEFEATS UC IRVINE, 6-2
Freshman Cody Regis belts three-run homer in eighth inning to preserve victory
LOS ANGELES – Cody Regis' three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning helped the No. 1-seed UCLA baseball team secure a four-run cushion as the Bruins (46-13) won the NCAA Los Angeles Regional with a 6-2 victory over No. 3-seed UC Irvine before 1,209 at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Sunday night.
UCLA punched its second ticket in the last four seasons to the NCAA Super Regionals. The victory also set the Bruins' new school record for victories in a single season (46), eclipsing the 1997 team's 45-21-1 record.
Regis belted his second home run in as many games in the NCAA Los Angeles Regional on Sunday evening, going 1-for-2 with one homer, three RBI, two runs and two walks. Regis had a solo homer in the Bruins' 6-3 win over LSU on Saturday night. Designated hitter Blair Dunlap went 2-for-4 with one double, one run and one RBI.
Left-hander Rob Rasmussen (10-2) notched the victory, limiting the Anteaters (39-21) to two runs and five hits in six innings. Rasmussen struck out seven batters and did not issue any walks. Rasmussen became the third UCLA pitcher this spring to collect 10 wins, joining sophomores Trevor Bauer and Gerrit Cole in that category.
Right-hander Erik Goeddel threw two scoreless innings (seventh and eighth), scattering two hits and notching two strikeouts to help preserve the regional-clinching victory.
UC Irvine right-hander Eric Pettis (9-5) absorbed the loss, allowing three runs and five hits in four innings. Pettis registered two strikeouts and walked two batters.
The Anteaters were led at the plate by shortstop D.J. Crumlich's 3-for-4 effort, while left fielder Drew Hillman and right fielder Jonathan Hurst each went 2-for-4. Hillman and designated hitter Jordan Leyland each belted solo home runs for UC Irvine.
UCLA took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a run-scoring triple to center field by shortstop Niko Gallego.
UC Irvine answered with a solo home run from Hillman with two outs in the second, tying the contest at 1-1.
The Bruins scored twice in the top of the third to claim a 3-1 cushion. Center fielder Beau Amaral led off the frame with an infield single before scoring from first base on a double down the left-field line by Dunlap. Later in the inning, right fielder Chris Giovinazzo bounced a run-scoring single on the infield.
A solo home run by Leyland in the fifth inning reduced UCLA's lead to 3-2.
Regis' had the Bruins' biggest hit of the game with his three-run round-tripper in the eighth inning.
The Bruins will face either No. 1-seed Cal State Fullerton or No. 4-seed Minnesota in NCAA Super Regional action next weekend. UCLA will play a best-of-three series against the winner of the Fullerton Regional on June 11-13 or June 12-14. The NCAA announces the dates, times and site on Monday evening.
Game Notes: UCLA broke the school record for wins in a season, established in 1997 -- that marks the last season in which the Bruins advanced to the College World Series … the Bruins won an NCAA Regional at UCLA for the first time in program history … the Bruins last swept an NCAA Regional in 2007 (at Long Beach State) … UCLA has advanced to NCAA Super Regional action for the third time since the NCAA adopted the Super Regional format in 1999 (also won Regionals in 2000 and 2007) … UCLA's 27 home victories s are the most since the Bruins went 28-10 in 1982 … no UCLA baseball team has had three pitchers with 10 or more victories until this season (Trevor Bauer, Gerrit Cole and Rob Rasmussen).