Pitcher’s duel goes against Spikes
UNIVERSITY PARK — Diego Cordero allowed just one run over 7 1/3 innings of work, but it was the only run of the game as the State College Spikes took a 1-0 loss to the Auburn Doubledays on Friday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Cordero (2-2) delivered his longest start for the Spikes (19-28), and his fourth in a row in which he went six innings or more while allowing three earned runs or less. The left-hander struck out two batters and picked off a runner.
However, Auburn (26-20) scored the lone run of the game in the seventh. Jamori Blash doubled to lead off the frame, then after a bunt moved him to third, he scored on Kyle Marinconz’s single to right field.
State College put together its biggest threat in the sixth inning. After Justin Toerner was thrown out at second by right fielder and former major leaguer Moises Sierra trying to stretch a single, Brady Whalen singled to right field for his third hit of the game.
Kevin Woodall Jr. followed with a double to left field, but left fielder Pablo O’Connor’s throw went to shortstop Jose Sanchez, who pegged Whalen at the plate to keep the game scoreless.
Whalen’s three-hit night was his first with the Spikes. Woodall collected two doubles for State College as well.
Auburn starter Jackson Stoeckinger (1-1) earned the win with six scoreless innings in which he yielded seven hits while striking out six batters. Reliever Ryan Tapani (1), son of former major leaguer Kevin Tapani, allowed nothing over the last three frames for the save.
The Spikes will look to salvage the final game of the four-game set with the Doubledays on Saturday. Right-hander Chris Holba (2-1) gets the ball for State College in the 7:05 p.m. matchup at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Auburn is set to go with right-hander Francys Peguero (2-3).