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Spring 2013 Happenings


Published Apr 1, 2013 8:00 AM


Baseball: UCLA vs. Arizona


Adam Plutko. Photo by: Max Waugh.

For most, "Friday Night Lights" connotes high school football; for the UCLA baseball team, "Friday Night Lights" connotes the opening night of a three-game weekend series against the Wildcats with Bruin ace Adam Plutko on the mound. As a sophomore, Plutko went 12-3 in that spot. In February, USA Baseball named the junior pitcher to the preseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, presented annually at the end of the season to the top amateur baseball player. "People see me as a big-game pitcher," Plutko says, "someone who, when the lights shine the brightest, that's when I shine the brightest." The spotlight will surely shine bright on May 10. When these two teams—both ranked in the Top 10 in preseason polls—last met, the Wildcats handed the Bruins a 4-0 loss in Omaha at the College World Series.

May 10 / Fri / 6 P.M.; May 11 / Sat / 2 P.M.; May 12 / Sun / 3 P.M. Location: Jackie Robinson Stadium. Tickets: $8 general admission (adult); $5 general admission (youth 3-16 years); free for children 2 and under. For information: Call (310) 825-2946 or visit

Men's Volleyball: UCLA vs. Pepperdine For the first time in decades, Al Scates will not be on UCLA's bench. New head coach John Speraw '95 and the Bruins look for a win over the Waves.

Apr. 10 / Wed / 7 P.M. Pauley Pavilion. Tickets: $8 general admission (adult); $5 general admission (youth 3-16 years); free for children 2 and under. Phone: (310) 825-2946. Web:

Softball: UCLA vs. California

The Cal Bears enter the 2013 season ranked third in the nation, led by senior Jolene Henderson, a two-time, first team All-American and two-time conference Pitcher of the Year, who enters the season with a 78-12 pitching record. The Bruins counter with a powerful lineup, featuring a pair of Player of the Year candidates in senior B.B. Bates and sophomore Stephany LaRosa.

Apr. 11-13. East on Stadium. Tickets: $8 general admission (adult); $5 general admission (youth 3-16 years); free for children 2 and under. Phone: (310) 825-2946. Web:

Men's Tennis: UCLA vs. USC

In 2012, Head Coach Billy Martin's squad stunned top-ranked USC, snapping the Trojans' 45-match winning streak. The Trojans visit the LATC this year for the annual rivalry match, with both teams ranked in the top three.


Senior Vanessa Zamarripa will help lead the Bruins in their quest for a seventh gymnastics national title. Photo Courtesy of: UCLA Athletics.

Apr. 19 / Fri / 3 P.M. L.A. Tennis Center at UCLA. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-2946. Web:

NCAA Women's Gymnastics National Championships

The last time UCLA hosted the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships was 2004, and the Bruins marked the occasionby winning their fifth national title. "We're hoping to accomplish the same thing this year," says Head Coach Valorie Kondos Field '87. The Bruins return several key athletes from their third-ranked 2012 squad, including junior Samantha Peszek and senior Vanessa Zamarripa, giving them every reason to believe they'll celebrate the first major gymnastics tournament in New Pauley with a national title.

Apr. 19-21. Pauley Pavilion. Admission: All Session Pass (includes admission for all three days): $55 reserved (adult); $40 reserved (UCLA student/youth 16 years and under); $40 general admission (adult); $32 general admission (UCLA student/ youth 16 and under); $35 group general admission (10+) (adult); $25 group general admission (10+) (UCLA student/youth 16 and under). Phone: (310) 825-2946. Web:

Women's Pac-12 Golf Championship


Photo Courtesy of: UCLA Athletics.

Led by All-Americans Tiffany Lua, Lee Lopez and Erynne Lee, the Bruins will be shooting for a Pac-12 title on the way to repeating their 2011 feat of winning the national championship. UCLA is serving as host for the 2013 Pac-12 championship at Valencia Country Club.

Apr. 22-24. Valencia Country Club. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-2946. Web:

Track and Field: Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational

The Bruins will host LSU and TCU in the annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, honoring two of the greatest athletes ever to set foot on the UCLA campus.

Apr. 6 / Sat / 10 A.M. Drake Stadium. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) 825-2946. Web:

Men's Pac-12 Golf Championship

UCLA is one of four Pac-12 teams (along with Cal, USC and Washington) ranked in the top 10 of the national polls. The Bruins hope to turn the "home green" advantage of the L.A. Country Club into a conference title heading into the NCAA tournament.

Apr. 29-May 1. Los Angeles Country Club. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-2946. Web:


Photo by: Don Liebig/UCLA Photography.

Women's Rowing: UCLA vs. USC

The last time these two schools met, UCLA was narrowly edged by USC, falling in the dual meet by just a single point. Look for the Bruins to turn things around against their crosstown rivals at Ballona Creek.

May 4 / Sat / TBA. Marina Del Rey, California. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-2946 Web:

Women's Tennis NCAA Regionals

Head women's tennis coach Stella Sampras Webster, last year's Wilson/ ITA National Coach of the Year, is looking to guide her No. 2-ranked Bruins into the 2013 NCAA Regionals in the friendly confines of the Los Angeles Tennis Center at UCLA. Among her many talented players are All-American sophomore Robin Anderson, last year's Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

May 11-12. L.A. Tennis Center. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) 825-2946. Web: