JAMESTOWN, NY A pair of runs in the ninth inning werent enough and the State College Spikes bid for a comeback victory fell short in an 8-7 loss to the Jamestown Jammers on Friday night.
D.J. Crumlich contributed three hits and led the scoring surge while State College newcomer Eric Wood knocked in three runs at Russell Diethrick Park.
Crumlich doubled in a pair of runs in the ninth inning to trim a three-run deficit to just one and put the tying run on base. However, Jamestown (31-39) reliever Casey McCarthy retired Samuel Gonzalez one batter later to end the game and earn his first save of the season.
State College (32-39) opened up the scoring with single runs in each of the first two innings. Gonzalez singled in a run in the first, while two errors and Woods RBI groundout gave the Spikes a 2-0 lead in the second.
The Jammers responded with a three-run, four-hit inning in the bottom half of the second against State College starter Clay Holmes, scoring each run with two outs in the frame. The Spikes battled back, though, with Jacob Stallings bringing in a run with a sacrifice fly to tie the game in the third inning and Wood delivering an RBI single in the fourth to give State College a 4-3 lead.
In the sixth inning, the Spikes looked to have added some insurance when Wood, facing Chipper Smith, tripled with a ball belted off of the batters eye, six feet above the adjacent outfield wall to score another run.
However, Jamestown plated three more runs in the sixth inning off of Spikes reliever Isaac Sanchez (0-2). Avery Romeros run-scoring single after back-to-back walks to start the frame drew the Jammers within one, and Felix Munoz brought in the tying run by beating out a double-play attempt two batters later. Yeison Hernandez and Juancito Martinez then teamed up for consecutive singles, with Martinez scoring the go-ahead run.
Another Romero single and an error in the seventh inning gave the Jammers two more runs before State Colleges ninth-inning scoring burst finished off the scoring.
Sanchez took the loss after giving up a total of three hits and two walks in his lone inning on the mound. Holmes yielded three runs on six hits, but did not walk any batters and struck out one to leave the hill with the lead.