AUBURN — Auburn sent the game to extra innings, but Lowell had its best inning of the day in the 10th.
The Spinners batted around and plated three runs on four hits to top the Doubledays, 8-5, at Falcon Park Friday. With the win, Lowell sweeps the three-game series.
The Doubledays loaded the bases in both the seventh and eighth, but only pushed across three runs and left five stranded. Auburn finished the game 4-for-19 with runners in scoring position and left 13 runners on base.
“Situational (hitting) wasn’t bad. A lot of it was two outs getting that big hit. We left a lot of guys on base all night,” Doubledays manager Jerad Head said. “We gave ourselves an opportunity and put ourselves in position, but just couldn’t get that big hit.”
Telmito Agustin, Pablo O’Connor (double, RBI) and Kyle Marinconz (double) each recorded a pair of hits for Auburn. Adalberto Carrillo added one hit and two RBI, while Cole Daily had one hit and scored twice.
Doubledays starter Carson Teel allowed four hits, one walk and an unearned run over the first three innings. Chandler Day struck out three, and gave up two hits, a walk and a pair of earned runs over three innings of relief.
David Smith surrendered three hits, two walks and two runs in the seventh, while Tanner Driskill took the loss for giving up four hits and three runs (two earned) over the final three innings.
“I think that’s the first time (Smith) has had a rough one,” Head said. “Overall, I think Driskill did a very nice job. That’s our first time in extra innings and it’s a different mindset (because of the new rule with a runner starting on second), I guess, pitching-wise.”
Auburn opened the scoring when Cody Wilson and O’Connor hit back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the first. The Spinners evened the score on an error in the third, but the Doubledays retook the lead when Jamari Blash hit a sacrifice fly to score Israel Pineda.
Lowell took its first lead of the night in the fifth on back-to-back RBI singles by Cole Brannen and Brandon Phillips, and the Spinners tacked on two more runs in the seventh.
The Doubledays pushed across a run on Carrillo’s single in the bottom of the seventh, and Auburn tied the score with a pair of runs an inning later. One runner came in on an error, while Cody Wilson’s groundout plated another run to even the score and send the game to extra innings.
The Spinners plated the runner from second and added two more runs before the Doubledays could get the third out, and Auburn couldn't rally in the bottom half of the 10th.
“They got a couple hits there — strung a couple hits together — they got them over, got them on base and got a couple hits,” Head said. “We just couldn’t get anyone in.”
Auburn (14-12) begins a three-game road trip in Aberdeen Saturday. After dropping three straight, the Doubledays will be looking to get back in the win column.
“We’ll try to get going tomorrow,” Head said. “It’s a new series. That’s the way we’ll take it. It’s a new series and let’s go win the series.”