Minnesota 6 New Mexico 4
FULLERTON, CA – Minnesota’s Matt Puhl drove home the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the top of the 10th and closer Scott Matyas struck out the final eight batters he faced to earn the win and lead the fourth-seeded Golden Gophers to a 6-4, 10-inning victory over No. 3 New Mexico on Saturday night at Goodwin Field.
Minnesota (32-28, 2-0 in NCAA Regional play) is now in the driver’s seat at the Fullerton regional, needing just one more victory to advance to the first NCAA Super Regional in the history of the program.
The Lobos (38-21, 1-1) will face elimination on Sunday at 4 p.m. PDT, clashing with host and top-seeded Cal State Fullerton, a 6-5 winner over Stanford earlier in the day. The victor will advance to face the Golden Gophers in the first of two possible regional championship contests beginning at approximately 8 p.m. PDT.
Cal-State Fullerton 6 Stanford 5
FULLERTON, CA – Junior Christian Colon homered twice and drove in four while Corey Jones’ RBI double in the sixth proved to be the difference as host and top-seeded Cal State Fullerton staved off elimination thanks to a 6-5 victory over second-seeded Stanford on Saturday evening in 2010 NCAA Baseball Regional action at Goodwin Field.
The Titans (42-16 overall, 1-1 in NCAA Regional play) advanced to face either Minnesota or New Mexico in another elimination game on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m., with the winner of that contest meeting either an unbeaten Golden Gopher or Lobo squad for the first of two possible regional championship games immediately following.