The following is a press release from Auburn Athletics:
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. Tell the hotel they're staying another day. The Auburn softball team advanced in the College World Series on Saturday, winning twice, including a wild 11-10 extra-inning victory over UCLA in the nightcap of a good day for the Tigers.
Carlee Wallace tied it in the bottom of the seventh and Morgan Estell won it in the 10th when she walked with the bases loaded.
Auburn trailed UCLA 5-0 in the top of the third, but Auburn immediately scored six in the bottom of the inning. UCLA tied it at 6-6 in the fourth, then Auburn took the lead for on a Branndi Melero 3-run home run in the bottom of that inning. That held up until two outs in the bottom of the seventh when Maddy Jelenicki hit a 2-run homer for a 10-9 lead.
Auburn just kept coming back.
The Tigers won on the elimination bracket twice, first beating Tennessee 4-2 in an early game before beating the Bruins.
Auburn will play Florida at noon Sunday as its first-ever World Series trip continues. The Tigers would have to beat the Gators twice to advance to the championship round.
Auburn continued to build on its school-best record, now 56-10. UCLA's season ended at 51-12.
It took more than four
The crazy third inning -- in which the two teams combined for 11 runs and six pitchers appeared -- saw Auburn go up on a Kasey Cooper RBI walk, a Melero RBI single, a wild pitch and a Wallace bases-clearing double. She had five RBIs in the two games.
Auburn had been 0-for-its-last-17 with the bases loaded before Wallace delivered.
Melero's homer gave Auburn a 3-run lead, but UCLA cut it to two in the top of the fifth with runners on second and third and no outs. But the Tigers wiggled out of that jam.
Haley Fagan almost won it for Auburn in the bottom of the eighth when she flew out on a drive that was caught at the wall with the bases loaded. UCLA left the go-ahead run on third in the top of the ninth.
Sunday preview: Florida won the regular-season SEC title. Auburn won the SEC Tournament title.