Black Bears drop series opener to Doubledays, 9-2

AUBURN, N.Y. — Jamori Blash homered and had two hits, driving in three, and Yonathan Ramirez pitched six scoreless innings as the Auburn Doubledays beat the West Virginia Black Bears, 9-2, on Monday.

Ramirez (3-4) picked up the win after he struck out four while allowing five hits.

Auburn took the lead in the first when Blash hit a two-run double and then scored on a double by Nic Perkins.

After Auburn added two runs, the Black Bears cut into the deficit in the eighth inning when Brett Kinneman hit a two-run single.

The Doubledays later scored four runs in the eighth to punctuate the blowout.

Zach Spears (0-4) went five innings, allowing four runs and six hits in the New York-Penn League game. He also struck out three and walked one. David Smith pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for his fourth save of the season.

For the Black Bears, Paul Brands singled four times, also stealing a base. Both runs were driven in by right fielder Brett Kinneman. The Black Bears were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Pirates first-round pick Travis Swaggerty was not in the starting lineup and did not see action. and left nine men on base.

Auburn improved to 6-1 against West Virginia this season.

The series continues at 6:30 p.m. today (July 31).

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