The Auburn Doubledays, Short Season Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, defeated the State College Spikes, Short Season Class A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, 13-12 in 12 innings on Sunday night. The game featured 14 runs from the seventh inning onward.
Auburn (7-13) raced out to an eight-run lead after three innings. After the Doubledays scored two runs in the top of the first, they exploded for six runs in the top of the third. Four hits, including RBI doubles from Randy Encarnacion and Branden Boggetto, coupled with a hit by pitch and an error brought the runs home for Auburn. The six runs in the third inning marked the most runs scored in an inning this year by the Doubledays.
State College (11-9) faced a 12-6 deficit entering the bottom of the ninth inning. Auburn scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to push the lead to 12-4, but the Spikes responded with two runs in the bottom half of the eighth to make it 12-6. State College promptly scored six runs to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. Three walks, three singles, and a two-out, two RBI double from Zach Kirtley sent the game to extra innings. Opponents have now scored six runs in an inning against the Doubleday three separate times this season.
After the 10th and 11th innings went scoreless, Auburn took the lead for good in the top of the 12th when Kameron Esthay hit a solo home run to right field. Both of Esthay's home runs this season have been hit at State College. Max Engelbrekt pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the 12th to earn the win for the Doubledays. The lefthander went 3.1 innings in relief, allowing one hit while striking out three and walking one. Auburn has now won consecutive series for the first time this season.
The Doubledays return home on Tuesday evening when they host the Aberdeen IronBirds, Short Season Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, for the first time this season. First pitch is slated for 7:05 pm.
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