Auburn’s bat wakes up as it bounces off CWS to Stanford

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Cole Foster’s three-run double in the sixth inning gave Auburn the lead, and the Tigers defeated No. 2 national seed Stanford 6-2 in the College World Series elimination game for their first win in Omaha. defeated. 25 years.

The Tigers (44-21) will play against the loser of Monday night’s game between Arkansas and Mississippi on Tuesday.

Stanford (47-18) ended a short, disappointing stay in Omaha. The Cardinals lost their opener against Arkansas 17-2 – the most one-sided game here in 34 years – and then did nothing after taking an early lead against Auburn.

Stanford, which prevented elimination five times in its regional and super regionals, went 0–2 at the CWS for the first time in 18 appearances.

Trace Bright (5-4) took five innings to win and Tigers star Blake Berkhalter faced six of eight batsmen for his 16th defense.

Auburn was 0-3 in the CWS after beating Rice 10-1 in 1997.

“It’s important to us as we try to build our program and build a respectable, honestly respectable brand,” said Tigers coach Butch Thompson. “So that’s a big deal and it gives us a chance to compete again.”

The Tigers, who lost 5-1 to Mississippi on Saturday, managed one run and seven hits in 14 innings before being broken out in the sixth match against the Cardinals.

Foster, who doubled down twice, was back in the lineup after leaving in the middle of Saturday’s game due to illness and dehydration. Thompson said seven or eight of his players had a stomach virus and that Foster was receiving intravenous fluids after the game.

“He’s doing all he can,” Thompson said. “He barely went second and dropped his head – one of the biggest hits of his life and he’s trying to keep his head up. They just did an amazing job.”

Stanford starter Drew Dowd, who struggled with his fastball command in his last few appearances, was dialed in in the first four innings. But he let go of Brooks Carlson’s double leading and drove on four pitches to Foster to bring on Quinn Matthews (9-2).

Matthews knocked Stanford out of the innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth, dropping two singles, hitting a batter and issuing a walk past Foster’s bases—a double clearing from the wall in left center left the Tigers. Turned up 4-2. Auburn added two more in the seventh.

“When Cole hit the ball,” Thompson said, “it was a big breather for our offense.”

Stanford had a chance to cut the lead in seventh when he loaded the bases with two outs against Tommy Sheehan. That’s when Auburn called out Burkhalter, and he went on to make a full count against Brett Barrera, before flinging a fastball in front of him for an innings-ending strikeout.

Cardinals coach David Esker said, “When time goes by, no one remembers what the score was in any of our games or what our record was in Omaha.” “I think what I’ll remember is that I got to go to the College World Series with a team I love and spend about a week trying to play for the national championships.”

best of west

The top three teams in the Pac-12 standings were eliminated by Auburn in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers had previously defeated UCLA in the regionals and Oregon State in the super regionals.

“Obviously all the Pac-12 teams that played, I respect them,” said center fielder Kason Howell. “They have really good players. But being from the Southeastern Conference, there are four Western Division teams here, we just want to play good baseball and try to represent our conference well.

I might as well

Of the past 40 national champions, only Southern California in 1998, Oregon State in 2006 and ’18 and South Carolina in 2010 came back from first game losses to win the CWS titles.

The Tigers need to win three more games to reach the best-of-three final. Thompson said he spoke with former Oregon State coach Pat Casey and South Carolina’s Ray Tanner on Sunday night.

“Both of those guys came back and both gave me paragraphs taking me through the journey with my team,” Thompson said. “As I say, men or women or the team that will never give up, they’ve got a chance. And I want us to fight and I want us to attack. I’m looking every inch for my program “

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