AUBURN, N.Y. - Falling in their first rubber match of the season, the IronBirds dropped an 8-7 decision to the Auburn Doubledays. Auburn scored seven runs in the third inning to vault them to the victory.
GREAT START: Getting on the board first, the IronBirds scored twice in the first inning and twice in the second to jump out to a 4-0 lead. With two-out in the first, Jean Carrillo doubled home a pair to give the IronBirds an early lead.
Ben Breazeale doubled the IronBirds lead in the second, driving in a pair with a single to left field, again with two outs.
ONE BAD INNING: Leading 4-0 in the third, Auburn scored seven runs with two outs to take a 7-4 lead. IronBirds' starter Hector Guance set down the first two men in the inning, but Auburn's next nine men reached against three different pitchers.
BIRDS BATTLE BACK: Trailing by three runs, the IronBirds fought back to make it a one-run game. After Trevor Craport scored on a rundown play in the fifth, Ryan Ripken doubled home Craport again in the seventh to make it 7-6.
Auburn would strike again in the bottom of the inning, but Breazeale drove in his third run of the evening to make it a one-run contest in the eighth.
In the ninth, Aberdeen was set down in order and fell 8-7.
'BIRD WATCHING: Ben Breazeale, T.J. Nichting, and Ryan Ripken all extended their hitting streaks to 10 games … The IronBirds lost their fourth game of the year when outhitting their opponents.
UP NEXT: The IronBirds return home for a three-game set with the Connecticut Tigers starting on Friday. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
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