The Batavia Muckdogs got the potential tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the ninth, but David Smith recorded a strikeout to preserve the Auburn Doubledays' 4-3 win at Dwyer Stadium Thursday.
Jamori Blash put the Doubledays on the board first with a solo homer in the second inning, and Auburn added three more runs in the sixth on a single by Israel Pineda, a double by Jacob Rhinesmith and a triple by Pablo O'Connor in consecutive at-bats.
The Muckdogs got two runs back in the bottom of the sixth, and cut the Doubledays' lead to one with a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Batavia had runners on the corners with one out, but Smith got one batter to fly out and struck out the next to finish the game.
Smith allowed four hits and one run over two innings for the save.
Doubledays starter Jackson Stoeckinger tossed five scoreless innings before allowing a pair of runs in the sixth. The left-hander struck out four and gave up six hits in the win.
Aaron Barrett gave up one hit and one walk in one inning of relief for the hold.
Auburn's Cody Wilson recorded three hits (double, run), while Pineda (double) and O'Connor each had two.
Auburn (29-22) plays Batavia again on Friday before returning home for games against State College on Saturday and Sunday.