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Auburn defeats Oregon State 7-5 in Game 1 of super regional

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Sonny DiChiara hit a two-run home run, Brody Moore’s sacrificial volley top of the third gave Auburn the lead for good and the Tigers bullpen only allowed just one run in 8 1/3 innings of relief in their 7-5 win over Oregon State on Saturday night in Game 1 of the best-of-three Corvallis Super Regional.

14-seeded Auburn (41-19) can clinch a College World Series berth with a Game 2 win on Sunday.

Cole Foster walked before DiChiara’s homer from the opposite field gave Auburn a 2-0 lead early in the first. Starter Trace Bright hit Justin Boyd with a pitch to start from the bottom, Wade Meckler walked and Garret Forrester followed with a three-run homer before Kyle Dernedde drew a goal-laden walk to score Gavin Logan and give Oregon State a 4-2 lead.

Nate LaRue hit an RBI single and Kason Howell scored on a Mike Bello groundout in the top of the second and Foster scored on Moore’s fly ball right in the third to make it 5-4.

Bobby Peirce hit a first homer in the top of the fifth and Bello scored when Foster went on a double play to give Auburn a 7-4 lead in the eighth.

Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy runner-up Cooper Hjerpe was originally scheduled to start for No. 3 seed Oregon State (47-17) but was replaced by Jake Phennigs due to an unhealthy illness. disclosed.

Tommy Sheehan (2-0) allowed two hits in 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for the win. Blake Burkhalter came in ninth and gave up an RBI brace to Jacob Melton before making his 14th save of the season.


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