DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Auburn's return trip to the College World Series for the first time since 1997 ended in a heartbreaking 5-4 loss to the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
With a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 9th, Auburn third baseman Edouard Julien, who drove in three of the Tigers four runs, made an errant throw to first which allowed the tying run to score from second.
Two batters later, Marshall Gilbert played hero for Mississippi State with a base hit up the middle scoring Dustin Skelton and sending the Tigers into the elimination side of the bracket.
"Tough one tonight. I thought we played an unbelievable game. A lot of engagement, a lot of fun. I just thought our guys just really battled against arguably 2019's best starting pitcher in college baseball," said head coach Butch Thompson. " We had a chance to win the baseball game, I don't think there's any doubt about that, and just one play away tonight."
Auburn will take on Louisville on Tuesday in an elimination game. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.