Minnesota began NCAA Championship play on Friday night with a 3-1 win over Cal State Fullerton, becoming the only No. 4 seed to down a No. 1 seed on the opening day of the 2010 NCAA Championship. The win over the seventh-ranked Titans is Minnesota's highest since beating No. 2 Missouri on March 26, 2009. It is also the program's highest in NCAA play since defeating No. 4 San Diego on June 2, 2007.
The Gopher offense gave starter Seth Rosin an early cushion with three runs in the first. That was all breathing room the right-hander would need as he gave up just one run on three hits in eight innings. Scott Matyas worked a perfect ninth to pick up his eighth save of the year.
Minnesota advances to the winners' bracket of the Fullerton Regional and will face No. 3 New Mexico on Saturday night at 8 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.