The Bruins didn't have to wait long to find out their fate. They were the first team announced when the pairings were announced Monday.
Louisiana State was the second-seeded team, Louisville third, Florida fourth, Miami fifth, Illinois sixth, Texas Christian seventh and Missouri State eighth.
UCLA has won 10 consecutive post-season games, all during their 2013 title run. But a rash of injuries left the Bruins out of the tournament last season.
They rebounded strong and will play Cal State Bakersfield at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium at 8 p.m. on Friday. Maryland plays Mississippi at 4 p.m. Friday in the Los Angeles Regional's other. The winner of the regional plays in the Super Regional, which could create a UCLA-USC match-up.
The Trojans will play Virginia in the Lake Elsinore Regional at 3 p.m. Friday.