OMAHA, Neb. – They’re not done yet.
Starting pitcher Trace Bright set an Auburn College World Series record with eight strikeouts, Cole Foster drove in three with a bases-loaded double and Blake Burkhalter earned his 16th save to lead the No. 14 Tigers to a 6-2 win over Stanford on Monday at Charles Schwab Field.
Trailing 2-0 in the sixth, Bobby Peirce drew a bases-loaded walk to score Mike Bello, who led off with a single, advanced to second on Blake Rambusch’s single and moved to third when Sonny DiChiara was hit by a pitch.
With two outs, Foster drilled a double off the wall in left-center to empty the bases, plating Rambusch, DiChiara and Peirce for a 4-2 Auburn advantage.
Bello set the table again in the seventh, drawing a leadoff walk. Blake Rambusch followed with a double to give the Tigers runners on second and third with no outs.
Auburn extended its lead to 5-2 when Brody Moore’s sacrifice fly scored Bryson Ware, who pinch-ran for Bello and remained in the game to play left field.
With two outs, Peirce doubled home Rambusch to put the Tigers on top 6-2.
Stanford struck first with three doubles in the first two innings, scoring single runs in each inning to lead 2-0.
Bright (5-4) blanked the Cardinal over the next three innings, retiring seven straight from the end of the third through the fifth inning, and fanning
Auburn threatened in the fifth when Brooks Carlson led of with a double and Foster followed with a four-pitch walk put two on with no outs but the Tigers were unable to cash in.
Tommy Sheehan relieved Bright in the sixth, striking out the side. When Stanford loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, Blake Burkhalter relieved him, striking out Stanford’s Brett Barrera on a full count to end the inning.
Burkhalter set down all three Stanford batters in the eighth, striking out two.
In the ninth, he struck out the first two before an infield single with two strikes extended the inning. Stanford leadoff hitter Brock Jones popped up to Rambusch for the final out.
Bright, Sheehan and Burkhalter combined for 16 strikeouts while issuing only walk.
Rambusch, Foster and Kason Howell led Auburn with two hits each.
The victory was Auburn’s first vs. Stanford (47-18) in their five meetings at the College World Series.
One of six teams, including four from the SEC West, still in contention for the national championship, Auburn (43-21) will play the loser of Monday night’s Arkansas-Ole Miss game Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT.