JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — State College newcomer Dilson Herrera, who joined the team two days ago, broke an eighth-inning tie with his first home run as the Spikes downed the Jamestown Jammers 3-2 at Russell Diethrick Park in their final road contest of the season.
Herrera, who smashed seven home runs as a member of the Gulf Coast League championship team, had collected just one hit in his first 10 at-bats with State College (33-39). That changed with one more swing as the 5-foot-10 infielder sent a 2-2 pitch from Jamestown reliever Sean Donatello over the left field wall for a solo home run to snap a 2-2 tie.
Herrera followed the lead of D.J. Crumlich, who went 3-for-4 and broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with a solo shot to left field off Jammers starter Blake Logan.
State College grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first as Chris Diaz and Crumlich each singled to set up a Jesus Vasquez RBI single. The Spikes collected seven hits over the first three innings, but couldnt extend their lead and left six runners on base.
Jamestown tied the game in the fourth inning with a walk to Cody Keefer, a double by Jesus Solorzano and Avery Romeros run-scoring groundout off State College starter Dovydas Neverauskas.
Neverauskas shined in his Spikes debut, however. The Lithuania native went four innings, yielding a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out four.
After Crumlichs long ball in the fifth, the Jammers knotted the game in the bottom half of the inning with a Juancito Martinez triple and Yefri Perezs double, setting up Herreras late-game heroics.
Clario Perez (1-3) earned the win in relief for State College after giving up one run on four hits, striking out two in four innings of work.
Kyle Haynes struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth inning to nail down the victory and earn the save for the Spikes.
Donatello took the loss after giving up a total of one run on two hits and striking out one batter in relief. Logan lasted five innings on the mound for Jamestown,
yielding two runs on eight hits while striking out seven.
Solorzano ended the night 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, while Perez also collected a pair of doubles for the Jammers.
The Spikes plit the season series with the Jammers (31-40) at 5-5 with the win after splitting the four-game series at Russell Diethrick Park.