Welcome to the New York-Penn League, Mike McQuillan.
The all-time singles leader in Iowa University baseball history led off the top of the seventh with his first double in his first game with the Auburn Doubledays to spark a six-run rally in an 9-5 win over the Aberdeen Ironbirds on Wednesday.
McQuillan, officially added to the Auburn roster on Wednesday morning, scored on a Shawn Pleffner ground out.
Tony Renda scored on the first of two wild pitches by Ironbirds' reliever Ken Wise in the seventh. Wise was lifted for Bobby Wilkins who promptly had a throwing error on a play at first (Pleffner scored) and then threw a wild pitch of his own that brought Estarlin Martinez in.
Jordan Poole followed that up with a two-run single that scored Craig Manuel and Wander Ramos to finish off the seventh.
Manuel singled in Pleffner in the top of the eighth to add another log to the offense’s fire.
Carlos Lopez, fresh off of the disabled list with a shoulder injury mended, led off the top of the fourth with his first home run of the season for Auburn.
In the top of the first inning of the road swing, Wes Schill and Pleffner both singled before Manuel was hit by a pitch. Ramos walked to bring home Schill and put the Doubledays ahead, 1-0.
Aberdeen tied things, 1-1, on a Torsten Boss single in the bottom of the third.
Auburn will travel over 900 miles over this three-game set with the Ironbirds and then a trip to Connecticut to play the Tigers.
Aberdeen got a lead-off home run of its own in the bottom of the fifth as Anthony Vega did yardwork for the second time of the season. Roderick Bernadina followed with a double and came around to score on a Christian Walker single. Jerome Pena singled in Walker later in the frame.
That knocked out Auburn starter Pedro Encarnacion who went 4.2 innings giving up 10 hits and four total runs (three earned). He walked one and struck out five. His ERA rose to 1.71 putting him No. 8 in the New York-Penn League.