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Oregon State wins 4-3 on Sunday behind Hjerpe and Ferrer, will play at 4:30 p.m. Monday for CWS berth

PMG PHOTO: RALEIGH EMERSON - Oregon State baseball's Garret Forrester celebrates his three-run home run in the first inning against Auburn on June 11, 2022, during the Corvallis Super Regional at Goss Stadium.

After splitting the first two games of their Super Regional, Oregon State and Auburn will play a Monday game at Goss Stadium in Corvallis to determine who advances to the College World Series.

Cooper Hjerpe returned from illness and Ben Ferrer was dominant over the last 3 1/3 innings Sunday as the Beavers edged the Tigers 4-3 to tie the best-of-3 Super Regional 1-1.

Monday's game is set to start at 4:30 p.m. and be televised on ESPN2.

Jake Dukart's RBI single in the top of the sixth proved to be the difference as Oregon State (48-17) kept its season alive. His hit drove home Travis Bazzana for a 4-2 OSU lead.

Hjerpe, who was scratched from Game 1 because of illness, earned his 11th win of the season. His six strikeouts give him a OSU single-season record of 161.

"I'm not going to say at all I was surprised the way they went about their business, because they work too hard and care too much," Beavers coach Mitch Canham said of his players' approach Sunday. "They were going to come out here and give it everything they had. We saw that from both guys that took the mountain today. Just an incredible performance.

"Auburn is a solid club, no doubt about it. And you got to play really clean baseball in order to come out on top."

Solo home runs by Jacob Melton and Bazzana gave the Beavers a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth.

Auburn (41-20) tied it with two in the bottom of the fourth, hitting three doubles in the inning.

Hjerpe was removed with two outs in the sixth. Canham said his ace is fine physically, just a bit fatigued coming off his illness.

"Short rest and being under the weather and everything, to go out there and did what he did today was extremely impressive," Canham said. "He emptied his tank today. He gave everything."

The Beavers take a 29-11 record in elimination games during the Super Regional era into Monday's showdown.

Saturday's first game of the Corvallis Super Regional in the NCAA baseball tournament did not go as the Beavers drew it up, to say the least. Oregon State dropped a 7-5 contest to Auburn.

An hour and a half before the game began, the Beavers made the decision to keep Hjerpe from the mound due to an undisclosed illness. Hjerpe is one of the top pitchers in college baseball, and his absence was felt against a game lineup of Auburn batters.

In the first inning, Auburn first baseman Sonny DiChiara homered into right field to score a pair of runs and get the Tigers up 2-0 in the top of the frame.

Oregon State battled back by scoring four runs in the bottom of the inning and chasing starting Auburn pitcher Chase Bright from the mound. While Oregon State's Gavin Logan was walked for a score in the inning, it was Garret Forrester's three-run homer that put the exclamation mark on the inning for the Beavers, who took a 4-2 lead into the second.

PMG PHOTO: RALEIGH EMERSON - Oregon State baseball's Travis Bazzana, left, makes the play at second for an out against Auburn on June 11, 2022, during the Corvallis Super Regional at Goss Stadium.

It was almost entirely Auburn from then on out. The Tigers put up two runs in the second inning, and then a single run in the third, fifth and eight innings to establish a 7-4 lead heading into the ninth inning. Oregon State's only other run in the game was an RBI double courtesy of Medford's own Melton.


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