BATAVIA, N.Y. State College took advantage of the wildness of Batavias Joseph Scanio, scoring twice on wild pitches in the 10th inning to get a 4-2 New York-Penn League baseball triumph on Tuesday.
The Spikes (26-23) remained 31/ 2 games behind Auburn for the Pinckney Division lead and dropped the third-place Muckdogs (24-24) five games behind the Doubledays.
With one out in the 10th, D.J. Crumlich walked, swiped second base and moved to third on a wild pitch. Jacob Stallings then walked and stole second. With Chris Diaz batting, Scanio uncorked another wild pitch, allowing Crumlich to score and Stallings to advance to third. After Diaz popped up in the infield, Scanio threw another wild pitch to allow Stallings to score.
State College reliever Kyle Haynes gave up a one-out single to Jacob Wilson in the bottom of the frame, but got a strikeout and a fly out to earn the victory. Haynes (2-1) allowed two hits and struck out two in two innings of scoreless relief.
State College got another outstanding start from right-hander Clay Holmes. The 19-year-old allowed just one hit, walked two and struck out three in five shutout innings. Holmes lowered his league-best ERA to 0.83.
The Spikes took an early 2-0 lead with single runs in the third and fourth.
Jordaneli Carvajal led off the third with a single and raced to third on a throwing error by Batavia left fielder Gary Apelian. After an out, Walker Gourley smacked an RBI double to left.
Diaz took care of the scoring an inning later, blasting his first home run of the season over the left field fence.
Batavia rallied after Holmes departure in the sixth against reliever Kevin Kleis. Matthew Young walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Apelians double. Danny Stienstras two-out single plated Apelian with the tying run.
Gourley, Crumlich and Carvajal each had two hits for the Spikes, who outhit the Muckdogs 8-7. State College was 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Stallings nailed two would-be base stealers while Holmes was pitching and has thrown out 18 for the season.
Right-hander Jason Creasy (0-2) will start for State College in the final game of the two-game series against Batavia lefty Tyler Melling (2-1).