Thompson’s homer earns Spikes’ victory

AUBURN, N.Y. – Nick Thompson’s three-run homer in the third inning plated the only runs for the State College Spikes, but they were all the Spikes needed to run their winning streak to six games with a 3-2 victory over the Auburn Doubledays on Monday night at Falcon Park.

Thompson slugged an 0-1 pitch from Auburn (10-14) starter Matt Derosier over the 20-foot-high left-center field wall to provide the first scoring of the game. It was the second home run of the season for the Cardinals’ 2014 eighth-round draft choice out of William & Mary, and upped his RBI total to 18, good for third place in the New York-Penn League.

State College (17-7) starter Dewin Perez yielded both Auburn runs, but retired ten batters in a row at one point as he went a season-long 6 1/3 innings on the mound for the Spikes. Perez gave up five hits and struck out five batters in the win.

Trey Nielsen (1) came on for Perez with runners on first and second and one out in the seventh and elicited a double play to end the inning. Nielsen allowed only one hit the rest of the way as he tossed a scoreless 2 2/3 innings for his first professional save.

Jake Stone and Darren Seferina also contributed multiple hits for the Spikes, with Stone and Alex De Leon adding doubles. Seferina was called out on a tag play at the plate in the first inning that would have scored the first State College run.

Derosier took the loss for Auburn after allowing eight hits and two walks over 4 2/3 innings. The Doubledays right-hander also posted four strikeouts.

Christopher Riopedre plated both Auburn runs with his third-inning double.

The win allowed the Spikes to stay a game ahead of Batavia for the top spot in the NYPL Pinckney Division standings.

Tuesday, the Spikes and Doubledays meet again for a 7:05 p.m. matchup at Falcon Park to complete their two-game mini-series. State College will send right-hander Fernando Baez (0-0) to the hill to oppose Auburn right-hander Drew Van Orden (0-0), the Nationals’ fifth-round draft choice in 2014.

New-York Penn league home run and RBI leader Rowan Wick got the night off in right field.