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#1 UCLA Softball Set to Begin Play Next Friday
The tentative 2021 schedule was released yesterday, which includes both non-conference and conference games.
Spring sports are slowly coming back, the #1 UCLA softball team will begin their season next Friday with a three-game homestand, hosting Fresno State and Cal Poly Pomona. Per COVID-19 guidelines, no fans will be allowed at the events and every effort will be made by the UCLA Athletic Department to livestream games. UCLA will even modify the schedule later in the season as television networks pick up games to televise.
According to the athletic department, “Pac-12 Conference play will look a bit different in 2021, with four-game series' replacing three-game sets. However, only three of the four games will count toward the conference standings. The two single games and the first game of the doubleheader regardless of day will count as conference games. If all four games are played, the second game on day two of each series will be counted as a non-conference game. If only three contests are completed in total, they will all count as conference games”.
The Bruins’ first road trip will be a short one to Orange County to take on Cal State Fullerton on February 20, followed by home games against Loyola Marymount University and San Diego State. The last weekend of February features a Pac-12 tournament hosted by Arizona State in Tempe, where the Bruins will take on Oregon and Utah.
The first half of March features a slate of non-conference opponents, including UC San Diego, Long Beach State, San Jose State, UC Santa Barbara, and another matchup with Cal State Fullerton, with all of those games happening at Easton Stadium on the UCLA campus except for their trip to Long Beach.
Conference play will round out March with games at home against Arizona State and a trip to the Bay Area to play UC Berkeley. The first weekend in April, UCLA will host LMU then travel to San Diego for a two-game series against the University of San Diego.
On April 9, UCLA will go north to Eugene to take on the Oregon Ducks, then return home on April 16 to host Oregon State and Washington. The Bruins go back on the road on April 30 to play Utah. They will then return home to host Stanford beginning May 7 for their final home stand. The Bruins’ final games of the regular season will be played in Tucson against the University of Arizona.
NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals will be played the following two weekends with the Women's College World Series taking place June 3-9 in Oklahoma City.