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Spring 2016 Happenings


Published Apr 1, 2016 8:00 AM

Arts & Entertainment / SPORTS / Alumni Events

Photo courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

Baseball: UCLA vs. Oregon

Baseball America ranks UCLA 10th in its preseason poll, and when one considers that this is very much a rebuilding year, it reads like a tribute to the overall strength of the program John Savage has put together in Westwood. The Bruins must replace a number of key players, including shortstop Kevin Kramer, starters James Kaprielian and Grant Watson, and record-setting closer David Berg. Junior right-hander Grant Dyer makes the move from the bullpen to starter, while sophomore right-hander Griffin Canning looks to build on an exceptional freshman season. Berg’s replacement is expected to be freshman Brian Gadsby. Once again, the Bruins will rely on pitching and defense, as their top three home-run hitters have all moved on. Luke Persico, the new third baseman, is the leading HR hitter returning. The Oregon Ducks, ranked 14th in Baseball America’s preseason poll, should be a great midseason test for the Bruins.

APR. 21-23 / THURS-SAT / 7 P.M., 7 P.M., 1 P.M. Location: Jackie Robinson Stadium. Tickets: $12 All-Bruin Dugout Club; $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth (general admission); children 2 and under are free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Men’s Tennis: UCLA vs. Stanford, Cal

UCLA’s men’s tennis team defines consistency; it is the only team to make the NCAA Round of 16 every year since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1999. And since Head Coach Billy Martin has lost only one player from last year’s team, that streak should continue — though surely Martin seeks more than a Sweet 16 in ’16. UCLA returns stalwarts junior Mackenzie McDonald and sophomore Martin Redlicki, who will lead in singles and pair in doubles, along with senior Karue Sell and junior Gage Brymer. Sophomore Logan Staggs, a transfer from Northwestern, fills out the “starting five.”

APR. 1-2 / FRI-SAT / 3 P.M. Location: Los Angeles Tennis Center, UCLA. Tickets: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Women’s Water Polo: UCLA vs. Arizona State

In November, UCLA topped USC, 4-3, to take first place in the annual Collegiate Cup, and UCLA Head Coach Brandon Brooks no doubt hopes the result portends a successful 2016 season for his team. At press time, Brooks’ team ranked right where they were when last season ended — at No. 2 in the nation, behind Stanford. Juniors Mackenzie Barr, an Honorable Mention All-American in 2015, and Ashley Zwirner are among those Brooks is counting on to lead the offense.

APR. 15 / FRI / 3:30 P.M. Location: Spieker Aquatics Center, UCLA. Tickets: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

UCLA Spring Football Showcase

The annual UCLA Spring Football Showcase offers fans one last chance to check out the team before it goes into hibernation for the off-season. Functioning more like a practice session than an actual game, the event nonetheless offers an enjoyable preview of the season to come. Among the things to look for is who will step up in the absence of star running back Paul Perkins, and who will emerge as quarterback Josh Rosen’s go-to receivers after the departures of Jordan Payton and Thomas Duarte. Five-star recruit Mique Juarez, a linebacker from North Torrance High School, is expected to enroll in time to participate in spring ball, with the showcase the first chance for fans to see him in blue and gold.

APR. 23 / SAT / 11:30 A.M. Location: Drake Stadium, UCLA. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Softball: UCLA vs. Arizona State

Head Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez’s Bruins are returning 14 letter-winners from a 2015 team that went 51-12, finished second in the Pac-12 and advanced to the Women’s College World Series. So it’s no real surprise the team is ranked 7th in the national preseason polls and 2nd in the Pac. Two All-Americans return in 2016: senior Allexis Bennett and junior Delaney Spaulding.

APR. 29-30, MAY 1 / FRI-SUN / 5 P.M., 7 P.M., 12 P.M. Location: Easton Stadium, UCLA. Tickets: $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth/student (general admission); children 2 and under are free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: