UCLA to host an NCAA baseball regional

The UCLA baseball team found out Sunday that the road back to Omaha will start in Los Angeles.

The defending national runner-up Bruins will host one of the 16 NCAA Regionals beginning Friday, as announced by the selection committee. UCLA, ranked No. 19 in the latest USA Today/ESPN Top 25 coaches' poll, swept through the Los Angeles Regional last year on the way to its first trip to the College World Series since 1997. They reached the championship round but fell to South Carolina in two games.

The Bruins (33-21, 18-8 Pac-10) clinched at least a share of the Pac-10 title Saturday with a 7-0 victory at No. 9 Arizona State. They can win the conference crown outright Sunday with a win or a loss by No. 10 Oregon State. It would be UCLA's first conference title since 1986.

UCLA is one of nine schools that also hosted in 2010 and joins Arizona State and Oregon State as Pac-10 hosts. According to the NCAA, 39 schools applied to host. The field of 64, including regional site assignments, will be announced at 9:30 a.m. PT on Monday during a half-hour selection show that will air live on ESPN.