AUBURN, NY - State College hit huge home runs in both games, and the Auburn Doubledays dropped both ends of a Sunday doubleheader to the Spikes. The Doubledays fell 4-1 in game one and 7-4 in game two.
Spikes DH Danny Diekroeger homered against Anderson Martinez (1-2) as the second batter of the day in game one, putting State College up 1-0. Martinez fared no better in the second, offering up a two-run shot to Spikes catcher Luis Cruz that made it 3-0 Spikes. That was more than enough for State College starter Trey Nielsen, who scattered four hits across four shutout innings. Cody Gunter blasted a solo home run for the Doubledays' only score of the game.
In game two, Auburn went down 2-0 early on a first-inning RBI single by Jake Stone and a fourth-inning base knock from Brett Wiley, but the Doubleday bats came alive in the bottom of the fourth. Austin Davidson led off the inning with a double, and Spikes pitcher Fernando Baez walked Bryan Langlois and Jeff Gardner to load the bases. Dale Carey followed with a clean single to right-center that scored Davidson and Langlois, and a throwing error by Spikes centerfielder Jhohan Acevedo allowed Gardner to come around and give the Doubledays a 3-2 lead. Two batters later, Christopher Riopedre singled to left to bring home Carey and put Auburn up 4-2.
However, in the top of the fifth, Spikes shortstop Robelys Reyes launched a two-run homer off RC Orlan that tied the game at 4. Things remained square until the seventh, when the Spikes tallied three straight RBI singles to go ahead 7-4. Auburn went 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the inning to lose their sixth consecutive game.
The Doubledays go into the All-Star break for the next two days. First baseman Jose Marmolejos and right-handed reliever Mario Sanchez will represent the club on the North team.