TALAHASSEE, Fla. -- Nick Pappas hit a pair of home runs to lead College of Charleston past Auburn 3-2 on Sunday night in the Tallahassee Regional.
The game started at noon and the teams had played through the first inning when lightning was detected within eight miles of Dick Howser Stadium. With heavy rain following the lightning, the delay lasted 6:25 and play resumed at 6:45 p.m.
The winner of the game was scheduled to play Florida State at 6 p.m. But that game was postponed until noon Monday. Charleston will need to beat FSU twice to win the regional and advance to Florida, the winner of the Gainesville, Fla., regional in the super regionals laster this week.
Dalton Rentz, the former CVCC pitcher, started for Auburn and returned after the delay. He pitched four innings and allowed a home run to Nick Pappas in the second inning.
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The Tigers tied the game in the fourth. After Daniel Robert walked and Anfernee Grier (Russell County) singled, Damon Haecker singled in Robert.
Auburn took the lead in the fifth. Jackson Burgreen and Melvin Gray drew two out walks. Justin Ebert dropped a soft liner in front of the left fielder, driving in Burgreen with the go-ahead run.
Haecker appeared to have
given Auburn a 3-1 lead in the sixth when he hit a deep drive to right field. But Alex Pastorius jumped and robbed Haecker of a home run.
That proved to be a huge play as in the top of the seventh, Pappas struck again. After Blake Butler led off with a walk, Pappas hit the first pitch for a two-run homer, giving Charleston the lead.
Over the final four innings, Auburn managed just one hit against two Charleston pitchers.
Auburn (36-26) was playing in an NCAA regional for the first time since 2010. They made the NCAA tournament in just the second season under coach Sunny Golloway.