At 6-foot, 175 pounds, Wilmer Difo doesn't look like the prototypical power-hitter.

The infielder still became the first Auburn Doubledays player to record a home run this season when his third-inning shot snuck over the left-field wall.

Difo, who played 22 games with Potomac and Hagerstown earlier this season, is hitting .357 in his first four games with the Doubledays.

"He's got a little power, he's a strong kid," said Auburn manager Gary Cathcart. "He's like the rest of them, a little inconsistent still. He's got the package, no doubt about it."

Difo finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Auburn's 7-5 loss to State College at Falcon Park Thursday.

"He had that at-bat (the home run), then his last two were kind of strange," Cathcart said. "He came up and he looked like a different guy."

It looked like Wilman Rodriguez became the second Doubledays player to hit a home run in the sixth, but the umpires ruled the ball hit the top of the wall. His would-be grand slam, which would have cut the Auburn to two, turned into an RBI single.

Cathcart, although he thought the ball went out, was more focused with what his team did after the call.

"Really, I'm not concerned about that as much as the fact we still had the bases loaded with nobody out with one run in, and we only ended up getting one more run," he said. "That's disappointing. That's a chance to get four or five runs there and get back in the game earlier than we did."

Williams gets first start

Once Deion Williams hit a groove, Cathcart liked what he saw.

The 6-3 right-hander started slow and threw a lot of pitches in his first professional start, walking the first batter and taking three out of the first eight to full counts. Once Williams settled in, the converted infielder set down the side in order in the third and fourth innings.

His final line was 4 1/3 innings of work, five strikeouts, two walks, two hits and two earned runs.

"For his first time starting under the lights and his first time starting a professional game, that was as good as he could expect," Cathcart said.

Williams tossed two relief appearances last year in the Gulf Coast League. In 2 2/3 innings, he allowed one hit and two walks.

"He's come a long way, I wasn't sure what to expect," Cathcart said, adding he was proud of Williams. "He had his struggles during spring training and extended spring (training)."

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