Cecil notched seven innings for his first postseason victory and lowered his postseason ERA to 0.75.
Auburn fell after the first batter in the game when Cecil allowed a home run to Micah Schilling. However, in the fifth inning the Doubledays got on the board and never looked back. After Manny Rodriguez opened the inning with a walk, J.P. Arencibia lined a two-run home run to left field to take a 2-1 lead.
Cecil then buckled down and got to work retiring the next nine of ten batters he faced to keep the lead for his team. Meanwhile Darin Mastroianni gave Auburn some cushion when he belted a two-out home run in the top of the sixth.
Alan Farina came on in the eighth inning and struck out five of the seven batters he faced for the save.
Bradley Emaus led the league with a .471 batting average in the playoffs. Manny Rodriguez and Mastroianni also had great series batting .353 and .350 respectively. Outfielder Ben Zeskind batted .300 with four runs scored.
Emaus also led the playoff clubs with three home runs, and six runs batted in.
On the mound Marc Rzepczynski went 1-0, tossing six scoreless inning and fanning eight batters. Alan Farina was spectacular on the mound – striking out twelve batters in five scoreless innings. Kyle Walter was also huge pitching in relief Friday. He went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in five post-season innings. Cody Crowell struck out six and didn't yield a run in 4 1/3 innings.
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