AUBURN — A night after clinching its first Pinckney Division crown, State College showed a hangover as Auburn used two big home runs to dominate the Spikes 10-0 at Falcon Park.
A three-run homer by Jimmy Yezzo in the fourth inning, and a grand slam by Matt Foat in the seventh were more than enough as the Spikes’ offense managed just three hits.
State College (46-26) now travels to Jamestown for the final three games of the regular season. The Jammers entered Sunday 1 1/2 games ahead of Tri-City in the New York-Penn League wildcard race and would face the Spikes in the New York-Penn League semifinal series if they clinch that position.
Andrew Cooper got the win for the Doubledays. Juan Bautista (1-5) took the loss.
Jimmy Bosco, Matt Young and Dante Rosenberg were the only Spikes with hits. In contrast, Auburn (25-47) received hits from every player in its lineup and finished with 13 total.
Yezzo went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs. Foat went 1-for-5 and had five RBIs. Four Doubledays had multi-hit games.
Bautista, who has allowed 15 earned runs and 24 hits in his last 10 innings, faced two more than the minimum through three innings when trouble came in the fourth.
Wilman Rodriguez doubled to start the frame and then took third on a wild pitch. After Bryan Lippincott (2-for-3) followed with a walk, a fielding error by Cesar Valera allowed Rodriguez to score.
Yezzo followed with a his deep drive to right field that made it 4-0.
In the seventh, Bautista gave up back-to-back singles with one out to Cody Dent and Greg Zebrack (2-for-5), which led Spikes’ manager Oliver Marmol to bring in Michael Aldrete from the bullpen.
Aldrete’s two-out walk to Lippincott loaded the bases for Foat, who went deep over the fence in left to make it 9-0. The rally continued after two more singles and another walk loaded the bases again. A Brenton Allen double made it 10-0. The Doubledays sent 13 hitters to the plate in the inning.
Bautista gave up eight hits and six runs (five earned) in 6 1/3 innings. He also struck out two and walked two more. Aldrete retired just two batters, gave up four hits and was charged with four runs. Kyle Webb finished the game on the mound.
Auburn went 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position and scored six runs with two outs. State College went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
Doubledays starter Robert Orlan allowed just one hit and struck out five in four innings of work. The left-hander also pitched around three walks. Cooper struck out three in two innings and didn’t allow a baserunner. Auburn’s staff fanned 11 batters total.
Spikes right-hander Arturo Reyes (1-2) is scheduled to start Labor Day’s 4:05 p.m. matchup with Jamestown at Russell Diethrick Park. The Jammers have yet to announce a starter.