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Doubledays can’t hold off late Black Bears rally

On the heels of a sweep for their second straight series, the brooms appeared to be all but broken out at the tail end of Wednesday night’s contest against the West Virginia Black Bears. After losing seven of their first contests against Auburn, a 4-1 lead going into the eighth inning seemed like more than enough to pick up the Doubledays’ first sweep since their first series in July against the Crosscutters .

But after being stumped for the better part of the series, the Black Bears finally figured things out against Auburn. West Virginia scored four unanswered runs against the Doubledays to salvage the series with a 5-4 win.

The tone got set for the night as soon as Schaller toed the rubber in the first inning. The Vanderbilt product’s performance wasn’t too far off from his results with the Gulf Coast Nats, where started five games with a 1.54 ERA in 11.2 IP. He didn’t allow a run until the fourth inning, where his defense bailed him out with a caught stealing for the second out and an easy pop out to third to escape with minimal damage.

Auburn’s bats attacked first after Jacob Rhinesmith ripped a one-out double to score Moises Sierra – on a rehab assignment from Triple-A Syracuse -in the third inning. Pablo O’Connor followed with a single to advance Rhinesmith to third, and, with runners at the corners, Carson Shaddy hit a blooper into shallow right field to score another run.

Shaddy knocked in another run in the seventh inning, but the Black Bears came charging back with what would become four unanswered runs to end the game. Tanner Driskill couldn’t follow up Carson Teel’s three scoreless innings, allowing a two-run triple and a sacrifice fly to give up the lead, and eventually lose the game an inning later.

The Doubledays will be back in action Thursday for a double-header at 4:05 PM on the road against the Spikes. Listen LIVE on FL1 Radio.

By Chris Valentino Tril

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