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AUBURN — Two days ago, the Doubledays racked up a season-high 21 hits.

On Monday, Auburn pumped out 14 hits.

When the bats are swinging so well, what is a manager to do?

Said Doubledays bench boss Jerad Head, "Not much. That's when you kind of keep your mouth shut, right?"

Auburn evened up its series with Williamsport with an 11-6 win Monday at Falcon Park, rebounding from a disappointing one-run loss in the opener on Sunday.

Five players posted multi-hit games for the Doubledays, including a 3-for-5 performance from first baseman Jamori Blash. Blash also scored two runs. Pablo O'Connor also had a special night on offense, finishing 2-for-3 with four runs, two walks and three RBIs. He doubled and tripled.

Kyle Marinconz (two RBIs), Nic Perkins (run, two RBIs), and Cole Daily (run, walk) added two hits each.

The Doubledays were kings of the counter-strike this round against the Crosscutters — each time Williamsport scored in the top of half of an inning, Auburn answered with as much or more in the bottom half.

It happened in the first, as a one-run lead for the Crosscutters was quickly erased when Cody Wilson led off with a triple and then came home on a RBI ground out by Moises Sierra.

It happened again in the fourth when Williamsport nabbed a 3-1 lead on Brayan Gonzalez's two-run double; Auburn countered with three runs of its own to go up 4-3.

In the eighth when Williamsport managed its fourth run, the Doubledays posted their best inning of the night with four runs, led by a bases-clearing triple from O'Connor that gave Auburn an 11-4 advantage.

Head said there was no secret behind Auburn's ability to respond, but did commend his team for their improved situational hitting in recent weeks.

"We've been a little bit of a different team recently with runners in scoring position," Head said. "When you get a few knocks, I think it's contagious. I thought the at-bats have been great collectively as a unit. We've not actually changed any mechanics, but just approaches and reminders and now they're taking that into the game."

That was all on display in the seventh when, with runners on the corners, Marinconz dropped down a perfect safety bunt to first base that allowed another key insurance run to score. Marinconz reached on an infield single on the play. 

"At that time of the game we were having a tough time shutting them down. The situation called for it with a lefty on the mound and their first baseman wasn't really charging that hard," Head said. "It gets the runner in from third and worst case scenario you get the other runner over to second."

On the mound, Reid Schaller (1-0, 4.00 ERA) pitched five innings to earn the first win of his New York-Penn league career. Carson Teel was strong in two innings of relief, allowing two hits while striking out two. Aaron Barrett and Tanner Driskill both went one inning to close up the game.

Auburn (28-21) goes for the series win Tuesday at Falcon Park.

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Sports writer Justin Ritzel can be reached at 282-2257 or at justin.ritzel@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenRitz.

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