AUBURN, NY - Nick Thompson's three-run homer in the third inning scored the only runs for the State College Spikes, but they were all the Spikes needed to run their winning streak to six games with a 3-2 victory over the Auburn Doubledays on Monday night at Falcon Park.
Thompson slugged an 0-1 pitch from Auburn (10-14) starter Matt Derosier (0-2) over the 20-foot-high left-center field wall to provide the first scoring of the game. It was the second home run of the season for the Cardinals' 2014 eighth-round draft choice out of William & Mary, and upped his RBI total to 18, good for third place in the New York-Penn League.
State College (17-7) starter Dewin Perez (2-1) yielded both Auburn runs, but retired ten batters in a row at one point as he went a season-long 6 1/3 innings on the mound for the Spikes. Perez gave up five hits and struck out five batters in the win.
Trey Nielsen (1) came on for Perez with runners on first and second and one out in the seventh and elicited a double play to end the inning. Nielsen allowed only one hit the rest of the way as he tossed a scoreless 2 2/3 innings for his first professional save.
Jake Stone and Darren Seferina also contributed multiple hits for the Spikes, with Stone and Alex De Leon adding doubles. Seferina was called out on a tag play at the plate in the first inning that would have scored the first State College run.
Derosier took the loss for Auburn after allowing eight hits and two walks over 4 2/3 innings. The Doubledays right-hander also posted four strikeouts.
Christopher Riopedre plated both Auburn runs with his third-inning double.
The win allowed the Spikes to stay a game ahead of Batavia for the top spot in the NYPL Pinckney Division standings.
Tuesday, the Spikes and Doubledays meet for a 7:05 p.m. matchup at Falcon Park to complete their two-game mini-series. State College will send right-hander Fernando Baez (0-0) to the hill to oppose Auburn right-hander Drew Van Orden (0-0), the Nationals' fifth-round draft choice in 2014.
The Spikes will return home on Wednesday to begin a six-game homestand with the NYPL's New York City teams coming to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The Brooklyn Cyclones (New York Mets) and Staten Island Yankees (New York Yankees) will be the opposition over the six-night stretch as fans enjoy another jam-packed promotional schedule. The slate includes Half-Price Wednesday, presented by BIG Froggy 101, followed by the return of $1 Beer Night on Thursday, presented by 93.7 THE BUS.
The first 1,000 fans of all ages will receive a Spikes Fleece Blanket, presented by Penn State Federal Credit Union, on Friday night. Fans will also be thrilled by a pair of fantastic FIREWORKS shows next weekend, with Saturday's show presented by Penn State Sports Medicine and Sunday's show presented by First National Bank and ESPN Radio 1450.
The Spikes' home games on Wednesday through Friday against Brooklyn will begin at 7:05 p.m., as will Saturday's matchup against Staten Island. Sunday, the Spikes and Yankees tangle at 6:05 p.m., with Monday's Super Splash Day game set for a noon start.
Tickets for all six games during the upcoming homestand, as well as every game remaining on the Spikes' 2014 home schedule, are currently on sale through the Spikes Box Office by calling (814) 272-1711 or by visiting in person. Fans can also buy and print single-game tickets by visiting StateCollegeSpikes.com.
Catch all of the action on Tuesday via the Spikes Radio Network, presented by Penn State Sports Medicine, at 6:50 p.m. with Spikes Live, presented by Mount Nittany Health, on the air from Falcon Park. The Spikes' radio broadcast can also be heard worldwide through the "Listen Live" link on StateCollegeSpikes.com, provided by 95.3 FM 3WZ, and on the 3WZ mobile apps, available on Google Play and the App Store.