BATAVIA, N.Y. — Two young millionaires helped the State College Spikes win another series.
Barrett Barnes went 4-for-5 and Clay Holmes allowed one hit in five innings as the Spikes defeated Batavia 6-2 on Wednesday at Dwyer Stadium.
The Spikes have won two straight series after splitting four games with Williamsport to begin the season. The Spikes (7-3) won two of three games in Batavia. The series followed a three-game home sweep of Mahoning Valley.
Barnes, a 2012 supplemental first-round draft pick from Texas Tech the Pittsburgh Pirates signed for $1 million, had his best game as a professional Wednesday, producing hits in his first four at-bats. Barnes also scored twice and stole his New York-Penn League-leading fifth base. The performance raised Barnes' batting average to .303.
Barnes helped the Spikes (7-3) finish with 14 hits. Six of those hits were doubles. Walker Gourley and Ryan Hornback each doubled twice. D.J. Crumlich and Jared Lakind also doubled.
Hornback, the Spikes' catcher, went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs, including two on a single in the eighth. Crumlich went 2-for-4 to join Barnes, Gourley and Horback with multiple hits.
Holmes, a 2011 ninth-round draft pick from Slocomba (Ala.) High School signed for $1.2 million, benefited from the offense, earning his second victory in his second professional start. Holmes walked five and allowed an unearned run on his own error in the fifth. Holmes hasn't allowed an earned run through 10 professional innings.
A big eighth inning helped the Spikes pad their lead. The Spikes scored three runs and added five hits in the inning. Big eighth innings are becoming an early-season theme. The Spikes have scored 14 eighth-inning runs in their past five games.
The bullpen trio of Dalton Friend, Joan Montero and Kyle Haynes combined to allow one run and strikeout seven in four relief innings.
Montero, who pitched for the Spikes last season, struck out three in two scoreless innings. Montero hasn't allowed a run in 81/ 3 innings this season. Kyle Haynes struck out two in a perfect ninth.
The Spikes held the Muckdogs to five hits. Batavia starter Daniel Bibona allowed five hits and three runs in four innings.
The Spikes, who have won six of their last seven games, begin a three-game series tonight at Mahoning Valley. Jason Creasy will make his third start for the Spikes.