AUBURN, NY - The State College Spikes used a homer from Robleys Reyes and a three-run surge in the seventh to come back and defeat the Auburn Doubledays, 7-4, to earn a doubleheader sweep after homers from Danny Diekroeger and Luis Cruz led a 4-1 win in the first game on Sunday afternoon at Falcon Park.
State College (38-25) reduced its magic number for a New York-Penn League Pinckney Division title to five with its pair of wins and Jamestown. The Spikes also further increased their lead in the division to eight games with 13 remaining on the regular season schedule as they stretched their winning streak to five games in a row.
Reyes's two-run homer, his second at Falcon Park this season and third of the year overall, tied the second game at 4-4 in the fifth inning of the seven-inning contest. In the seventh, Diekroeger stretched his hitting streak to 13 games with a two-out RBI single to put the Spikes up, 5-4. Nick Thompson and Jake Stone then followed with back-to-back singles to cap off the scoring.
Brett Wiley had four hits over the doubleheader, including three in the day's first game. Wiley also collected two doubles in the twin bill and knocked in a run.
Kenny Peoples-Walls had two hits in Game Two, and scored a pair of runs as well.
In the first game, Diekroeger delivered a solo shot to right field in the first inning and Cruz belted a two-run blast to left, his first homer of the year, to stake the Spikes to a lead they would not relinquish.
Josh Lucas (2-1) earned the win in the afternoon's second game after entering the game with runners on second and third and one out in the sixth, striking out two straight batters, and then tossing a scoreless seventh. Lucas struck out a total of four hitters and hit one batter in the victory.
In game one, Trey Nielsen started for the Spikes and went four scoreless innings, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out three. Brandon Lee (2-2) allowed a run on four hits and a walk while striking out three for the win. Kyle Grana (6) struck out two batters as part of a one-hit ninth for the save. Grana, who is slated to pitch in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game on Tuesday, now has 52 strikeouts on the season, the fourth-best total in the league.
Auburn (26-35) reliever Chase McDowell (1-2) took the loss in the second game after allowing the Spikes' three seventh-inning runs on four hits in one frame on the mound. In game one, starter Anderson Martinez (1-2) took the loss for the Doubledays after yielding four runs on five hits and two walks. Martinez also struck out two in the effort.
Dale Carey plated two runs for Auburn with a bases-loaded single in the fourth inning, while Chris Riopedre knocked in another in the same frame. Cody Gunter hit a solo home run in the sixth for the only Doubledays run.
The Spikes will now send four players to the New York-Penn League All-Star Game on Tuesday night at MCU Park in Brooklyn as the league's regular season schedule pauses until Wednesday. Reyes and Grana will join infielder Darren Seferina, and pitcher Will Anderson on the South squad for the showcase game.
The Spikes will then come back home to face the Doubledays for a pair of 7:05 p.m. games next Wednesday and Thursday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Fans will be able to enjoy Half-Price Wednesday, presented by BIG Froggy 101, as well as another fantastic $1 Beer Night, presented by 93.7 THE BUS, featuring great wing specials and post-game FIREWORKS, presented by First National Bank and ESPN Radio 1450 on Thursday night.
Returning college students can also take advantage of the College 3-2-1 Special. Any college student showing a valid ID can get $3 off any ballpark seat, along with $2 sodas and $1 hot dogs all game long.
Tickets for next Wednesday and Thursday's games, as well as all six dates remaining on the Spikes' 2014 regular season home slate, 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.
In addition, fans can purchase Four-Game Playoff Packs in anticipation of potential Spikes' home games during the 2014 NYPL playoffs starting on Monday, August 18 at 9 a.m. Four-Game Playoff Packs start as low as just $16 per seat and include a $2 per game savings off the single-game price. In addition, each seat purchased as part of a Four-Game Playoff Pack will come with a free, limited-edition 2014 Spikes playoff t-shirt while supplies last.
Four-Game Playoff Packs will be able to be purchased at the Spikes Box Office by calling (814) 272-1711 or by visiting in person. Fans will also have the opportunity to reserve their Playoff Packs online at State College Spikes.com starting on Monday.
Catch all of the action on Wednesday via the Spikes Radio Network, presented by Penn State Sports Medicine, at 6:35 p.m. with Spikes Live, presented by Mount Nittany Health, on the air from Medlar Field at Lubrano 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.
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