The State College Spikes pounded out a season-high 14 hits in their 7-1 win over the Auburn Doubledays on Sunday at Falcon Park.
Leobaldo Pina, Casey Grayson and Jesse Jenner combined to drive in State College’s seven runs. Jenner finished with three hits, including the first home run of his professional career. Mike Pritchard also had three hits.
Grayson extended his on-base streak to 16 games, finishing 1 for 4 with a walk and two RBIs. Pina drove in three runs and Jenner drove in a pair on home run.
All nine Spikes reached base, with seven players recording hits.
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Spikes starting pitcher Landon Beck allowed one run and struck out eight in six innings to earn the win. Auburn’s Joan Baez took the loss, giving up five runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings.
The Spikes (7-9) jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the top of the first inning.
Pritchard singled with one out and stole second. After Harrison Bader popped out and Grayson walked, Pina doubled to left field to give State College a 2-0 lead.
Auburn (7-9) scored its lone run in the bottom of the first.
Andrew Stevenson led off with a single, moved to third on a double by Max Schrock and scored on David Kerian’s sacrifice fly.
Beck limited the Doubledays to two hits in his final five innings. Spikes relievers Pedro Echemendia and Jacob Evans combined to allow just one hit in three scoreless innings.
The Spikes added to their lead with three runs in the third.
They loaded the bases with no outs for Grayson, who singled to left field to drive in two runs. Pina followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-1.
Jenner’s two-run home run to left field capped the scoring in the seventh inning.
Notes: The Spikes and Doubledays will finish their series Monday at 7:05 p.m. Greg Tomchick (0-0, 0.00) will make his first professional start for the Spikes, while Mariano Rivera Jr. (0-0, 1.80) will be on the mound for Auburn. Tomchick pitched 11/3 innings of relief in the Spikes’ 5-3 loss to Staten Island last Tuesday. ... Thomas Spitz extended his on-base streak to 14 games after he was hit by a pitch in the third inning Sunday. Spitz went 0 for 5 and scored a run. ... Bader, Cole Lankford and Craig Aikin each had two hits for the Spikes.