Stanford 11, Auburn 4
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Two big innings and 6 2-3 innings of scoreless relief by Jeff Austin kept Stanford alive in the College World Series with an 11-4 win over Auburn in an elimination game Tuesday.
The third-seeded Cardinal (45-19) advanced to Wednesday’s night game to meet second seed Louisiana State (55-13), which is 2-0 in the tournament after a 10-5 win over Stanford on Sunday.
Auburn (50-17) goes home with a 1-2 record, having won its first CWS game since 1967 in a 10-1 romp over Rice on Sunday. The Tigers lost twice to Stanford, however, and both times Austin (5-2) had a big hand in the outcome.
In Friday’s 8-3 opening win for the Cardinal, Austin threw four innings of two-hit, scoreless relief. Auburn stranded 14 runners against Stanford in Friday’s game and left 12 on base Tuesday.
The Cardinal took advantage of a pair of Auburn errors in their two big innings. An infield error put a runner on and set up Josh Hochgesang’s RBI groundout. Luke Quaccia followed with his ninth homer of the season with one one, making it 3-0.
A four-run Stanford sixth started when reliever Patrick Dunham (5-2) gave up one-out singles to Tony Schrager and Jay Pecci. A walk loaded the bases and Edmund Muth’s bouncer between first and second went off the glove of Tigers second baseman Rob Macrory to let two runs score. Hochgensang doubled in another run and John Gall singled in the fourth run of the inning.
Jody Gerut’s leadoff homer in the seventh, his ninth, made it a 9-4 game, and Joe Kilburg and Muth added RBI singles in the ninth for the Cardinal.
Auburn scored all four of its runs in the third after a double by Macrory, a hit batter and a walk to load the bases.
Chad Wandall walked to force in a run and chase Stanford starter Brent Schoening. Austin relieved, but his first pitch to Tim Hudson was singled to right for two runs. Derek Reif followed with an RBI single.
Austin retired eight in a row after that, then got a double-play ball to work out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth and stranded two Tigers in each of the next three innings. He gave up six hits.