AUBURN, N.Y. — The State College Spikes used their biggest rally of the season to snap a five-game losing streak.
The Spikes scored four runs in the eighth inning and added another in the 12th to defeat the Auburn Doubledays 5-4 on Wednesday at Falcon Park.
Trailing 4-0, Jodaneli Carvajal, Walker Gourley and D.J. Crumlich opened the eighth with singles. Jacob Stallings then walked before Auburn manager Gary Cathcart replaced Gilberto Mendez with Michael Boyden. Jesus Vasquez struck out, but the Spikes tied the game on Samuel Gonzalezs three-run double to right field.
Neither team scored until the Spikes manufactured a run after Walker Gourley started the 12th with a single. Gourley advanced to second on Crumlichs sacrifice bunt and scored on Vasquezs groundout.
Carvajal and Gonzalez combined for six of State Colleges nine hits. Gourley added two hits.
The Spikes (30-32) received eight scoreless relief innings from Logan Pevny, Josh Smith, Kyle Haynes and Dalton Friend. Friend allowed one hit in three innings and struck out three to improve to 3-1. Haynes struck out three in two innings.
Spikes starter Clario
Perez allowed four hits and four runs in four innings. Auburn starter Nicholas Lee allowed four hits and struck out six in six scoreless innings.
Brandon Miller homered off Perez with two outs in the third. Tony Renda and Shawn Pleffner each had two hits for the Doubledays.
The victory moved the Spikes to seven games behind Auburn (37-25) in the Pinckney Division standings.
The teams conclude their series at 7:05 p.m. tonight.