Cody Wilson doubled to score Jacob Rhinesmith to break a tie in the top of the ninth, as the Auburn Doubledays edged the West Virginia Black Bears 6-5 at Monongalia County Ballpark Monday night.
Wilson (run), Carson Shaddy (RBI) and Kyle Marinconz each had a pair of hits, while Cole Daily went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Rhinesmith doubled and scored twice, and Adalberto Carrillo had a hit, a run and an RBI.
Doubledays starter Aaron Fletcher struck out three, gave up one hit and walked one over two scoreless frames. Angel Guillen took over in the third and gave up seven hits and four runs (one earned) over the next 3 2/3 innings. Jhonatan German struck out one over 1 1/3 hitless innings, and Tanner Driskill surrendered two hits and a run over the final two frames.
Auburn opened the scoring when Carrillo brought in a run on a fielder's choice in the second inning, and Pablo O'Connor added to the Doubledays lead with a solo homer in the fourth.
West Virginia got a run back in the bottom of the fourth, but Auburn's Rhinesmith scored on an error in the fifth, Carson Shaddy worked a bases-loaded walk and Rhinesmith followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Doubledays a 5-1 lead in the sixth.
West Virginia's Robbie Glendinning nearly closed the gap with a three-run triple in the sixth, and the Black Bears evened the score in the eighth on a Raul Siri double.
Wilson put the Doubledays back ahead in the top of the ninth, and Driskill retired the side in order in the bottom half.
Auburn (14-9) returns home to face the Lowell Spinners on Wednesday.
Auburn 4, West Virginia 3: The Doubledays extended their lead to 4-1 in the fifth inning and held on for the victory
Auburn's Wilson went 3-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored, while Juan Pascal added two hits (double), an RBI and a run. Telmito Agustin (run) and Rhinesmith each recorded RBI singles.
Wil Crowe allowed two hits and two walks over three scoreless innings. Tim Cate stuck out three and gave up three hits, a walk and one earned run over 2 1/3 innings for the victory. Jose De Los Santos, Aaron Barrett and David Smith combined for three strikeouts, three walks and one earned run over the final 3 2/3 frames.