MINNEAPOLIS — Reggie Meyer allowed just one run in eight innings and top-seeded Minnesota cruised past Canisius 10-1 on Friday night to open its NCAA Tournament play.
Terrin Vavra had three hits and three RBI for the Golden Gophers (42-13), who will host UCLA on Saturday. The Bruins rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the bottom of the ninth to stun Gonzaga 6-5 in their opener.
Minnesota scored five times in the second inning to build a cushion against the Golden Griffins (35-21) and added runs in next three innings in a dominant performance for the Big Ten's best team.
Christ Conley had an RBI for Canisius (35-21), which faces Gonzaga in an elimination game on Saturday.
J.P. Stevenson (10-2) took the loss for Canisius, and Meyer improved to 8-3.