Spikes' Swift Start Sends Them to 8-6 Win over Crosscutters
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The State College Spikes started Tuesday night's game with five runs in the first inning and kept the upper hand throughout the contest en route to an 8-6 victory over the Williamsport Crosscutters at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Two Williamsport (22-36) errors in the opening frame opened the door for the Spikes (29-28) to walk through for a quintet of tallies. Following Andrew Warner scoringon the second Crosscutters miscue, Martin Figueroa tripled to center field to plate two more runs, then scored himself on Dariel Gomez's single.
Stanley Espinal then finished the big State College first with a double to bring in Gomez.
The Spikes produced a total of 14 hits, with Espinal and Moises Castillo recording three apiece, and each member of the State College starting lineup reached base at least once.
Terry Fuller's double in the second tacked on another State College run, with a fifth-inning wild pitch and David Vinsky's single to right in the same frame plating the remainder of the Spikes' markers.
Williamsport's D.J. Stewart led the Crosscutters attack with four hits, while Kendall Simmons and Bryson Stott each delivered a double, a triple and two runs batted in.
State College reliever Jeremy Randolph (3-2) picked up the win after tossing 2 2/3 one-run innings. Randolph yielded three hits and a walk while striking out three.
Jack Ralston (4) allowed his first run as a professional after starting his career with 18 1/3 innings without giving one up but steadied himself for his fourth save in as many opportunities. Ralston yielded one hit and struck out two batters.
The Spikes captured a series win with the victory in a game that was delayed 14 minutes at the outset by rain.
Wednesday, the Spikes continue their eight-game, seven-day homestand with the opener of a three-game series against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Cleveland Indians) at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
The 7:05 p.m. contest will match State College right-hander Scott Politz (3-3), who struck out nine batters over seven shutout innings in his last start this past Thursday, against Mahoning Valley right-hander Gregori Vasquez (1-0), whose scheduled start on Wednesday was delayed by a rainout in Batavia.
The action continues at the ballpark with Half-Craft Wednesday, presented by 99.5 THE BUS. Fans can enjoy half-price 16-oz. craft beers, wine and spirits from 6-8 p.m., half-price medium sodas all game long, and half-price Outfield Bleacher seats. It's also #814InThe814 Night, calling back to last year's New York-Penn League All-Star Game, featuring $8.14 Field Box Tickets.
The series against the Scrappers continues with Spikestock as part of a Woodstock 50th Anniversary Celebration and $10.59 Diamond Club Ticket Night presented by QWiK Rock 105.9 on Thursday, which will also feature Thirsty Thursday drink specials presented by BIG Froggy 101 as part of the 7:05 p.m. game. Mahoning Valley will then stick around for Bark in the Park III presented by NEWSRADIO 1390 WRSC and the Centre Daily Times on Friday at 7:05 p.m. before departing.
The Auburn Doubledays (Washington Nationals) take over as the opponent starting on the weekend with four games in three days starting with a 7:05 p.m. matchup on Saturday, August 17 that features a David Taylor Appearance with a David Taylor "World Champion" Bobblehead Giveaway for the first 1,000 fans presented by The Nittany Lion Inn & The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel and State College's ESPN Radio 1450.
Saturday's game also includes Mifflin & Juniata County Night presented by The Sentinel and WCHX 105.5 FM, one of three Community Nights on the homestand slate following Lemont Night on Thursday and preceding Huntingdon County Night on Sunday. All three games feature a FREE Kids Zone presented by Friends of Jake Corman.
Then, the Spikes host what is now a 3:05 p.m. doubleheader on Sunday, August 18, featuring a FIREWORKS Night presented by Boyles Insurance after the second game, and a Mini-Basketball Giveaway presented by Penn State Health Medical Group for the first 1,000 fans on Coaches vs. Cancer of Penn State Night presented by HRI, Inc.
In addition, Penn State men's basketball head coach Patrick Chambers will throw out a ceremonial first pitch at Sunday's doubleheader.
The giant homestand concludes with Wayback Monday II featuring another Trade-Any-Ticket Night on Monday at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets for all seven remaining games on the homestand, as well as every game on the 2019 home schedule, are currently on sale through the Spikes Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased by calling (814) 272-1711 or by visiting the Ticket Office in person from 9 a.m. to the end of the game on gamedays Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to the end of the game on gamedays Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on non-gamedays Monday through Friday.
Fans can also buy and download single-game tickets by visiting StateCollegeSpikes.com.
Catch all of the action on Wednesday via the Spikes Radio Network, presented by Penn State Sports Medicine, Official Healthcare Provider of Penn State Athletics, at 6:35 p.m. with Spikes Live, presented by Mount Nittany Health, on the air from Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The Spikes' radio broadcast can also be heard worldwide through the "Listen Live" link on StateCollegeSpikes.com, provided by the club's flagship radio home, NEWSRADIO 1390 WRSC, as well as the TuneIn Radio app.
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