For the second straight night, the State College Spikes’ offense broke out in a big way at Falcon Park.
The Spikes collected season highs in both runs and hits with a 9-7 win over the Auburn Doubledays, giving the team four wins in its last six games.
State College picked up 15 hits, with every Spike who batted collecting at least one and six players notching two in the offensive erruption.
It followed a 7-1 win behind 14 hits, which had been the previous season high, on Sunday against the Doubledays.
RJ Dennard was 2 for 4 with three RBIs, but he was the only Spike who didn’t score a run Monday.
After spotting Auburn six runs in the first two innings, the State College bullpen shut down the Doubledays.
Greg Tomchick started but lasted just two innings. Carson Cross (1-1) then earned the win, not allowing a walk or a hit in the next three frames, and Tyler Bray was nearly as effective, giving up just one hit and one walk over the next three innings.
Pedro Echemendia pitched the final innings, giving up two hits and a run for his second save of the season.
With his famous future Hall of Fame father in the bleachers, Mariano Rivera III was hit hard in his three innings of work, allowing eight hits and four runs. reliever McKenzie Mills (0-1) took the loss.
Auburn built an early lead highlighted by a three-run home run by Randy Encarnacion in the first inning.
The Spikes began a comeback with a three-run second, with a Jose Godoy double, RBI singles from Elier Rodriguez and Craig Aikin and an error bringing home another run.
Cole Lankford added an RBI double in the third, Harrison Bader had an RBI single and Leobaldo Pina plated a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and Dennard clubbed a bases-clearing double in the sixth to close the State College scoring.
The Spikes get to enjoy their first official day off of the season on Tuesday before returning home for six games. The Connecticut Tigers will visit for three games Wednesday through Friday, then the Tri-City ValleyCats will be in town starting Saturday for a rematch of the last two NYPL championship series. The Spikes won last year’s league title.