AUBURN, N.Y. - Carson Kelly launched a three-run homer off of the scoreboard in left-center field, his first with the State College Spikes, but the Auburn Doubledays came from behind to deny the Spikes a three-game sweep by taking a 6-4 decision on Saturday night at Falcon Park.
Kelly, the second-round draft choice of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012, took a 1-0 pitch from left-hander Kylin Turnbull (2-0) and swatted it to the center of the board 26 feet above the ground in the fourth inning. The homer was Kelly's first in the New York-Penn League after he hit two dingers for Single-A Peoria earlier this year.
State College (4-2) took a 4-0 lead with the blast, but Auburn (3-3) chipped away over the next four innings.
The Doubledays began their comeback in the fourth by notching three straight singles off of Spikes starter Andrew Pierce, who was making his professional debut, to hasten his departure from the game. Reliever Victor DeLeon (0-1) then forced a double play to score one run, with Greg Zebrack driving in another with an RBI single one batter later to cut the margin to 4-2.
In the fifth inning, Jordan Poole went deep to right field off of DeLeon with a solo home run to make it 4-3, Spikes. Auburn took the lead in the sixth as Cody Gunter delivered a one-out double and scored on Zebrack's second RBI single to tie the game, with Poole doubling in the go-ahead run. Wilmer Difo tripled and scored on a passed ball in the seventh inning to provide the insurance run.