AUBURN, N.Y. — Jacob Rhinesmith had two hits and two RBIs as the Auburn Doubledays defeated the West Virginia Black Bears, 4-2, on July 31.
Auburn got on the board first, in the third inning, when Rhinesmith hit a two-run double and scored on a single by Pablo O’Connor.
The Black Bears cut into the deficit in the fifth inning, when Travis Swaggerty hit a two-run home run.
The Doubledays tacked on another run in the sixth, when Ricardo Mendez scored on a sacrifice.
Auburn southpaw Tim Cate (2-2) picked up the win, allowing two runs on six hits over five innings. Opposing starter Alex Manasa (2-6) took the loss in the New York-Penn League game, giving up four runs and eight hits over six innings. Chandler Day pitched three scoreless innings for his first save of the season.
With the win, Auburn improved to 7-1 against West Virginia this season.