WILLIAMSPORT — The State College Spikes late-season swoon continued as Williamsport rallied from a late two-run deficit for a 6-4 New York-Penn League victory at Bowman Field on Monday.
The Spikes (29-31) dropped their fourth straight game and sixth out of their last seven and remained seven games behind Pinckney Division-leading Auburn.
Trailing 2-1, the Spikes erupted for three runs in the top of the seventh. Two walks and a bunt single loaded the bases with two outs and D.J. Crumlich unloaded them with a three-run double to left.
The two-run lead was short-lived.
Jiandido Tromp led off the bottom of the seventh against Ryan Hafner with a single, swiped second and scored on Roman Quinns one-out single. With two outs, Christopher Serritella smacked a two-run single to give the Crosscutters (22-37) the lead for good.
Williamsport tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on Tyler Greenes RBI double. Ramon Oviedo (1-2) pitched the final 2 1/3 innings to earn the victory.
Yhonathan Barrios, Jared Lakind and Crumlich had two hits each for the Spikes. Tyler Gaffney added an RBI single in the third inning that tied the game at 1-1.
Jason Creasy, the first of five State College pitchers, allowed five hits and two runs over the first 4 1/3 innings. Hafner (0-2) took the loss.
Cameron Perkins and Serritella had three hits each for Williamsport. Serritella drove in three runs.
State College travels to Auburn tonight to open a three-game series against the division leaders. Lefty Joely Rodriguez (3-1) will face Auburn right-hander Pedro Encarnacion (3-1).