The Auburn Doubledays suffered a frustrating end to their series opener against the West Virginia Black Bears.
The Doubledays allowed three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, coughing up a late two-run lead on their way to a 7-6 loss against the Black Bears Saturday.
Auburn was ahead 6-4 entering the eighth thanks to a five-run sixth inning in which the Doubledays reeled off four extra-base hits. The bullpen couldn't hold the lead, however. In the bottom of the eighth, the Black Bears loaded the bases and two wild pitches from reliever Jhonatan German allowed the tying runs to score.
The winning run came on a fielding error for German, who misplayed a ground ball from West Virginia's Connor Kaiser.
German was charged with the loss and a blown save.
Starter Carson Teel went three innings with three hits, two runs and two walks against. He gave up a two-run home run to Travis Swaggerty in the third inning that extinguished an early 1-0 Auburn advantage.
Israel Pineda continued his hot hitting for Auburn, finishing 3-for-4 with a run and one RBI. Jacob Rhinesmith, Jamori Blash (double) and Phil Caulfield (double) all had a pair of hits. Adalberto Carrillo mixed in a RBI triple.
Auburn also struggled once again on the defensive end, committing two errors. It's the fourth straight game that the Doubledays have made multiple blunders on defense.
The Doubledays (12-9) continue their series in West Virginia at 4 p.m. on Sunday.