(WHNT) — The Auburn Tigers took down the third national seed from Oregon State in game three of the Corvallis Super Regional to advance to the College World Series (CWS).
SEC saves leader Blake Burkhalter retired the last eight batters to preserve No. 14 Auburn’s 4-3 victory Monday over No. 3 Oregon State to win the Corvallis Super Regional at Goss Stadium, sending the Tigers to the CWS for the second time in three seasons.
This is the Tigers’ sixth trip to the CWS in program history and its second under head coach Butch Thompson.
“We’re thankful,” Auburn head coach Butch Thompson said. “To be able to go back to Omaha so soon is a testament to a few guys like Brody Moore, Kason Howell and Carson Skipper who were on that team in 2019. They’ve done an amazing job with half of this team being new this year.”
Picked to finish seventh in the SEC West in the coaches’ preseason poll, the Tigers are one of eight teams still in contention for a national championship, joining division rivals Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Arkansas in Omaha this weekend.
“This is awesome,” said Auburn shortstop Brody Moore, the MVP of Auburn’s NCAA Tournament regional. “What an experience for the Auburn Tigers to come from so many miles away and get it done. We’re not done yet. We’re just a team out there. We mesh well together, we’re best friends on and off the field, and we love this University.”
The Tigers (42-20) play the Ole Miss Rebels Saturday, June 18 at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2