Voyles goes seven for Spikes’ win

AUBURN, N.Y. — Jim Voyles tossed seven quality innings of one-run ball and Wadye Ynfante went deep with a solo shot as the State College Spikes defeated the Auburn Doubledays, 3-1, to score a victory on the Fourth of July at Falcon Park.

The Spikes’ (7-12) victory stopped the Doubledays’ (11-7) nine-game winning streak, which had been the longest in the New York-Penn League.

Voyles (1-1) allowed an Auburn run in the first on a groundout by Jamori Blash, but then yielded nothing on the board the rest of the way. The 6-foot, 7-inch right-hander scattered five hits and struck out six batters on the night. Voyles also recorded two streaks of seven consecutive outs in his longest outing as a professional.

State College jumped out in front in the opening frame on Brady Whalen’s RBI double to left-center field. After Auburn tied the game, Ynfante delivered the Spikes’ second home run of the season, and his first, with a blast to right field to lead off the fourth inning.

The Spikes added an insurance run in the fifth when Matt Duce doubled, moved to third on Walker Robbins’s infield single, and scored on a subsequent error.

Will Changarotty pitched a perfect eighth inning in relief for State College and Cory Malcom (3) struck out the side in the ninth for his third save in as many opportunities. Malcom yielded just a hit batsman and a runner on an error as he closed the game.

The game took two hours, 15 minutes to complete, making it the shortest game of the Spikes’ 2018 season.

Thursday, the Spikes will look to keep the momentum going when they face Auburn in the second game of a three-game set. Right-hander Michael Baird (0-0), the Cardinals’ 2018 23rd-round draft choice out of Southern Illinois, will make his first career start as a professional after three relief appearances for State College. He will be opposed by Auburn left-hander Yonathan Ramirez (1-2).

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