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

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Auburn’s Cole Foster slides past Oregon State’s Gavin Logan to score in the third inning of an NCAA College Baseball Tournament super regional game Saturday June 11, 2022 in Corvallis, Oregon. (AP Photo/Amanda Loman) Auburn’s Cole Foster

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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 allowed just one run in 8 1/ 3 innings of relief in their 7-5 win over Oregon. State on Saturday night in the first game 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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