Diekroeger Homer Is Lone Spikes Run

Published 07/27 2014 12:47AM

Updated 07/27 2014 12:53AM

STATE COLLEGE  Danny Diekroeger smashed his third home run of the year, but the State College Spikes were held to four hits and the Auburn Doubledays provided enough offense to earn a 7-1 win over the Spikes on Saturday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.


A crowd of 5,013 fans, the third crowd of 5,000 or more at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park this year, saw Diekroeger send a solo shot to the right field bleachers in the fourth inning. The long ball was the Stanford product’s first of the year at home, and cut the Spikes’ (29-13) deficit to 2-1.


However, Auburn (19-22) picked up a run on Brandon Miller’s RBI single in the fifth inning to regain a two-run lead, and then added four runs in the eighth. The final Doubledays burst included three bases-loaded walks.

Diekroeger put together the only multi-hit game for State College.
 Kenny Peoples-Walls delivered a double for the Spikes.


Despite the loss, the Spikes maintained an eight-game lead over Williamsport in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division, and sit just a game back of Tri-City for the best record in the NYPL.


State College starter Austin Gomber (0-2) took the loss after allowing the first two Auburn runs on five hits and a walk. Gomber struck out five on the night in his first pitching appearance since July 11.


Drew Van Orden (1-3) rebounded from a poor performance against the Spikes earlier in the month to earn his first professional win. Van Orden, the Nationals’ fifth-round draft choice out of Duke, had allowed eight State College runs over 3 1/3 innings on July 8, but yielded just one run over five innings on Saturday. The right-hander gave up four hits and struck out three batters.


Jeff Gardner helped the Auburn offense by going 3-for-4 with a double.

-Spikes Media Relations 

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