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No. 14 Auburn was preparing for the third game of all-it-all at No. 3 Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore.— No. 14 Auburn put the potential tie on the plate at the end of the ninth, but No. 3 Oregon State held on to a 4-3 win over the Tigers in game two of the Corvallis Super Regional on Sunday and set up a crucial game three on Monday.

“I thought the boys would still compete,” Auburn’s coach said ButchThompson said. “Just a great college baseball game. We’ll be back tomorrow.”

In search of his third goal of the game, Brooke Carlson Then hit a hard hit ball at first base for the first out Brody Moore flew into the warning lane before a hip third shot ended the game.

The Tigers were within striking distance thanks to a perfect throw-in from the right fielder Bobby Peirce to pin Matthew Gretler, who is trying to score on Justin Boyd’s third hit of the night.

“We fought to keep the game tight,” said Thompson. “Bobby has a great arm. He attacked the play.”

Maroon catcher Nate LaRue knocked out Boyd, who tried to steal after starting the game with a single.

“Right off the game he was tested,” Thompson said. “I thought his arm made an impression.”

Oregon State, the visiting team in game two, went 2-0 as the league leaders after solo homers from Jacob Melton and Travis Bazzana. Auburn outfielder Mike Bello and Kason Howell Made highlight reel catches to limit damage.

“They made great games,” Thompson said. “We saw it for most of the year. We had to persevere to keep it around.”

Auburn responded immediately with three doubles in the bottom of the fourth off Cole FosterCarlson and Moore.

“At least the second time we responded,” Thompson said. “I thought that was great in the ball game.”

Foster recorded Auburn’s first hit of the game ahead of Oregon State ace Cooper Hjerpe to move up to third place Sonny DiChiaras Grounder and scored on a wild pitch for the Tigers’ first heat. Carlson doubled with two outs and met Moore’s two-bagger for a 2-2 draw.

“We’ve made our adjustments,” Carlson said. “He had a pretty efficient fastball. We ended up getting a few runs and trying to fight him.”

Oregon State reclaimed the lead at the top of fifth when Gretler led with a single, moved up to second with a sacrificial bunt and hit with a throwing error.

The Beavers added another run to lead 4-2 in the sixth RBI single from Jake Dukart, who hit Bazzana, who walked, stole second place and advanced to third place due to a throwing error.

Auburn cut the deficit to 4-3 in the sixth after Peirce pulled a two-out walk that ended Hjerpe’s night, moving up to third with Carlson’s single and hitting on a wild pitch.

Hjerpe improved to 11-2, knocking out six and allowing three runs with three hits.

LaRue’s seventh inning single turned out to be Auburn’s last hit when Oregon State relic Ben Ferrer pulled out the Tigers’ last eight hitters for his third save.

Joseph Gonzales (7-3) recorded the loss by striking out five in five innings while conceding two earned runs.

Chase Allsup, Chase Isbell and John Armstrong combined to pitch the last four innings, with Isbell pitching 2.2 scoreless innings and batting out four to keep Auburn close.

With a trip to Omaha at stake, the Tigers and Beavers will face off in game three on ESPN2 and the Auburn Sports Network on Monday at 6:30 p.m. CT.

“That’s what we signed up for,” Carlson said. “This opportunity is what every college baseball player dreams of. If you don’t grab her by the throat, you shouldn’t be here. Every single one of us is ready to play tomorrow and we know we’re not ready. we are ready to go We still have a shot at this thing.”

“It’s been an exciting two days,” Thompson said. “That’s how it’s supposed to be. That’s how it’s supposed to come down to it. I know I’m looking forward to coming back here and being able to compete again.”

Jeff Scherer is Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: @jeff_shearer

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