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Doubledays best State College in pitcher’s duel

The Doubledays came out victorious in a Friday night game against the State College Spikes that was dominated by spectacular pitching on both sides. But just barely.

Auburn snuck in a run in the seventh inning and preserved their shutout against the Spikes the rest of the way through in a nail-biter at Lubrano Park.

On the heels of absolute gems thrown by Aaron Fletcher and Angel Guillen to start the series during yesterday’s double-header, Jackson Stoeckinger made it three victories in a row for the Doubledays in a start that rivaled both of them. Stoeckinger struck out six batters for his first win of the season after dominating for five innings and being bailed out by his defense in the sixth.

He allowed back-to-back singles – although the first was caught trying to reach second base – to open up the sixth inning and then a double by Kevin Woodall Jr. With the lead-changing run rounding third base, left fielder Pablo O’Connor hit the cut-off man, Jose Sanchez, perfectly and nailed the runner at home plate to preserve the 0-0 tie. A pop-up to first baseman Jamori Blash ended the inning and kept the shutout in tact.

With momentum in Auburn’s favor at the top of the seventh inning, Blash ripped a double past the third baseman to quickly give the Doubledays a scoring opportunity. Carson Shaddy bunted him over to third, and Kyle Marinconz pulled a single to give Auburn it’s first – and only – run of the game.

Ryan Tapani shut the door for the Doubledays, facing just one over the minimum in his three innings of work while not allowing a hit for Auburn’s second straight shutout.

The Doubledays will be back in action Saturday at 7:05 PM as they go for the sweep of State College. Listen LIVE on FL1 Radio.

By Chris Valentino Tril

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