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Blayne Barber tied a school record with his 13th round in the 60s.

Second-place Tigers face ‘dogfight’

ERIE, Colo.---Behind Blayne Barber’s 5-under 67, the No. 11 Auburn men’s golf team shot a 1-under 287 for a 9-under 567 total and was in second place after the second round of the NCAA Colorado Regional at the Colorado National Golf Club.

No. 1 Oklahoma State is running away with the team title at 24-under 551, 16 shots ahead of Auburn. Georgia and Clemson are tied for third at 570. Clemson is at 571 and Arizona State and Colorado State at 572.

The top five finishers advance to the NCAA Championship.

“It is going to be a dogfight, and we are going to be in the final pairing,” Auburn coach Nick Clinard said. “We’ve been in the final pairing all year. That’s what prepares you for NCAA regionals. We just didn’t putt well today. We struggled with the putter the whole round and didn’t make enough putts. If we made six to seven putts, then we may have a chance to win the golf tournament. Hopefully, we will
make them tomorrow after getting a good night’s sleep and go out and play our best.”

Barber’s 67 was his 13th round in the 60s this season, tying the Auburn record set by Patton Kizzire in 2006-07. He is tied for sixth individually at 5-under 139. He is one shot behind Auburn freshman Niclas Carlsson, who followed his first-round 67 with a 1-under 71.

SOFTBALL

Errors lead to elimination

SEATTLE – Auburn’s softball team gave away its chance to play for a regional championship. The Tigers committed five errors, leading to four unearned runs, and were eliminated 4-3 Friday night by Brigham Young.

Auburn, which lost 2-1 to Brigham Young in the first round, beat Portland State 2-1 earlier Friday. After falling behind 3-0, it caught up with a three-run fifth. But BYU scored its fourth and final unearned run. It proved to be the game-winner.

Kelsey Cartwright had two hits and drove in two runs for Auburn. Lauren Guzman also had two hits. The Tigers outhit BYU 6-5, but they couldn’t overcome their errors and finished the season with a 40-19 record.

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