FULLERTON, CA – Junior Christian Colon finished 3-for-4 with three RBI while sophomore Nick Ramirez slugged a go-ahead two-run home run in the fifth inning to lift host and top-seeded Cal State Fullerton to a 9-5 victory over Minnesota on Monday night and clinch a berth in next weekend’s NCAA Super Regional.
The Titans (45-16 overall) finished 4-1 in regional play, winning four consecutive elimination games to clinch their eighth consecutive regional title after losing their opener to the Golden Gophers last Friday night. Fullerton will travel to Southern California rival UCLA for the best-of-three super regional round beginning on Friday night (June 11) at 7:30 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton 11 New Mexico 3
FULLERTON, CA – Cal State Fullerton’s Corey Jones finished with three hits, including his seventh home run of the season, and three RBI to lead a trio of Titans with three hits on the day, helping his team to an 11-3 victory over third-seeded New Mexico in an elimination game at the 2010 NCAA Baseball Regional at Goodwin Field.
Top-seeded Fullerton (43-16 overall, 2-1 in NCAA Regional play) advances to the regional championship against unbeaten and fourth-seeded Minnesota later tonight at 8 p.m. PDT. Should the Titans defeat the Golden Gophers, the two teams would meet in a winner-take-all game seven on Monday night (June 7) at 8 p.m. PDT.
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.
#1 Fullerton (41-15, 21-3 Big West)
Dave Serrano’s Fullerton Titans had slow start to their season, similar to the one experienced before their run to the 2004 National Title. Serrano made a few changes with his squad, primarily by making Noe Ramirez the Friday starter. After starting the season at 4-7, Fullerton turned their season around and finished 41-15, which had them in contention to possibly be a national seed. Fullerton got over the hump during the season, but need to get over another certain obstacle called the Stanford Cardinal. The Cardinal have owned the Titans in the postseason as of late, most recently beating the Titans in 2 games in the 2008 Super Regional to advance to the College World Series.