UNIVERSITY PARK — After a monstrous night of production from the bottom half of the lineup, State College staved off elimination with a 12-4 win over Jamestown on Saturday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
The Spikes’ No. 5-9 hitters went a combined 11 for 25 and helped force a decisive third game on Sunday.
Carson Kelly went 2-for-5 with three runs batted in and hit a solo home run in the fifth
Michael Schulze, who struggled at the plate early this season, went 4-for-5 with two RBIs, and is now 21 for 39 in his last 11 games.
“When you go through long stretches at the plate not seeing results it’s tough,” Schulze said before the game. “I finally got my timing back and started hitting balls hard. And that just ups your confidence and when you’re confident you can do anything at the plate.”
The Spikes’ pitching staff recorded 15 strikeouts. Left-hander Chase Brookshire (2-0) earned the win in relief of starter Jimmy Reed.
Reed gave up two earned runs on five hits in three innings. He also recorded five strikeouts.
Tri-City’s 3-0 win over Aberdeen Saturday night gave it a 2-0 series win. The ValleyCats will face the winner of Jamestown and State College.
The night began inauspiciously for State College, as Elvis Escobar tripled on a smash to right field on Reed’s first pitch.
After getting Harold Ramirez on a chopper to short, Reed gave up three-straight singles. He also walked the bases loaded later in the inning before striking out Michael Fransoso to end the inning.
The Jammers led 2-0 after the first a night after jumping on the Spikes for three runs in a 6-5 victory in Game 1.
State College’s Schulze started the offense with a single to center with one out that was misplayed by Austin Meadows allowing Schulze to take second. Jimmy Bosco sprayed a single to center two batters later, took second on the throw home and cut the Jammers lead to 2-1.
Luis Perez followed with blooper in short right that scored Bosco to square the game at two.
In the third, Valera singled to start the inning and then Jamestown starter Dovydas Neverauskas (4-5) walked Voit, the State College catcher’s second walk of the game.
Voit tied a Spikes’ record with four walks in the game.
After Washington went down on strikes, Kelly moved Schulze to third with a fly out to right.
Schulze then singled home a run to give the Spikes a 3-2 lead followed by a Katz single to center that made it 4-2.
State College did most of its damage in the decisive sixth with just one out. After Ramos grounded to short to start the inning, six Spikes in a row reached base. Valera started the run with a walk, followed by a single by Voit, a walk by Washington and a two-run double by Kelly and an RBI single by Schulze, his fourth hit of the night. The four spot made it 9-3 State College.
The Jammers answered with a run in the seventh. Brookshire got Meadows swinging for the inning’s first out and then was lifted for Victor DeLeon. The hard-throwing right-hander walked Edwin Espinal and gave up an RBI single to Wyatt Mathisen, but got Jin-De Jhang swinging and Fransoso to pop out to center.
The Spikes poured it on with a single run in the seventh and then two more in the eighth.
Jacob Booden finished off the eighth and ninth innings for State College, which will send Andrew Pierce to the mound for Sunday’s game three at 7:05 p.m. Jamestown will start Cody Dickson.