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Joe Benneth
06-01-2010, 02:07 PM
The Minnesota baseball team (30-28) was selected to the NCAA Regionals, and will head to Fullerton to compete in the NCAA Regional round.

Minnesota received the No. 4 seed in the region, and will face host Cal State Fullerton (41-15) in their first game of the NCAA Regionals. In the other game of the first day, No. 2 Stanford (31-23) will face No. 3 New Mexico (37-20).

The Golden Gophers will face Cal State Fullerton in the second game of the day on Friday, June 4 at 10 p.m. (CT). New Mexico and Stanford will play the first game at 6 p.m. (CT). The loser's of the two games will on Saturday, June 5 at 6 p.m. (CT) and the winners will play at 10 p.m. (CT).

Minnesota will be making its second trip to Fullerton, and will play Cal State Fullerton in the NCAA Regional opener for the third time. The Golden Gophers opened the 2004 NCAA Tournament against the Titans at Fullerton in a year where Cal State Fullerton went on to win the College World Series. Minnesota also faced the Titans in San Diego in the opener of an NCAA Regional in 2007.

This will be the Golden Gophers eighth trip to California for an NCAA Regional in 17 tournament appearances under Anderson. Minnesota played in Stanford in 1987 and 1998, was at Fresno State in 1988, played in Los Angeles in 1991, was in Long Beach in 2003, played in Fullerton in 2004 and was in San Diego in 2007.

This NCAA Tournament bid is the 30th for Minnesota, which is the most of any program in the Big Ten and 13th-best nationally among Division I teams. It is also the 17th appearance for Golden Gopher head coach John Anderson, which is the most NCAA appearances all-time by any Big Ten coach.

Between Cal State Fullerton (32), Minnesota (30) and Stanford (29) the three programs have made 91 NCAA Tournament appearances all-time.

"I am extremely proud of this team," said Anderson "We have worked really hard this season to get better, and we have come a long way from where we were at the beginning of the season to the high level that this team is playing at now. This group has worked extremely hard all year and stayed true to the process, and it has paid off with the way we have played down the stretch. This is a very good regional with three programs that we have a lot of respect for, but we are looking forward to going out there and continuing to play at a high level and see where things go from there."

Minnesota enters the tournament, having won 15 of its last 19 games after starting 15-24. The Golden Gophers became just the second program to win Big Ten regular-season and tournament championships in the same season since 1995. Minnesota also did so in 2004, while Michigan did it in 2006 and 2008. The Golden Gophers finished conference play with a 15-9 record, and clinched the regular-season title with a 4-3 victory over Ohio State on May 22. Minnesota won the Big Ten Tournament title with a 15-5 win over Iowa on May 29.

Cal State Fullerton enters the 2010 NCAA Tournament with a 41-15 record and won 23 of its last 25 games in the regular-season. The Titans won the Big West by four games with a final conference record of 21-3. Cal State Fullerton defeated Minnesota 7-1 in the NCAA Regionals in both 2004 and 2007, and leads Minnesota 5-4 in the all-time series. The two teams have played eight times since 2003.

Stanford brings a 31-23 overall record into the 2010 NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed in the region. The Cardinal finished fourth in the Pac-10 with a 14-13 conference record. Stanford is 3-1 in the all-time series against Minnesota, including victories over the Golden Gophers in the 1987 and 1998 NCAA Regionals.

New Mexico has a 37-20 overall record heading into the 2010 NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed in the region. The Lobos finished second in the Mountain West with a 14-8 conference record and were runners-up in the conference tournament. New Mexico was also the only team all year to take a series from the tournament's No. 2 overall seed Texas. Minnesota holds a 1-0 advantage over the Lobo after defeating them 7-3 in the Metrodome Tournament on Mar. 7, 2008.

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