UNIVERSITY PARK — State College’s Nick Thompson stepped to the plate with the tying run on third base and the go-ahead run on first.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Thompson could force extra innings and put the Spikes in position for a comeback victory with a hit. But Thompson fell into a 1-2 count and struck out to end State College’s 3-2 loss to Jamestown at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Tuesday night.
“It was just a good curveball,” Thompson said. “I was a little out in front I think, but it was just a good pitch and it was in the zone, so I just went after it and didn’t hit it. It happens sometimes.”
The win snapped a four-game winning streak spanning a road trip that saw the Spikes hit a franchise-record six home runs and pick up key hits in the ninth inning in wins over Batavia. State College scored at least five runs in all four road wins, but the Spikes finished 1-for-7 and managed just two extra-base hits in the loss Tuesday.
“The guys swung the bat well on the road,” Spikes manager Oliver Marmol said. “It was fun. It was nice. The guys got ahead, hitter’s counts pretty often and took advantage of it. That’s what we didn’t see a whole lot of today.”
State College starting pitcher Will Anderson threw five innings, allowing two runs on six hits. Tyler Bray took the loss for the Spikes.
Jamestown got on the board in the third on a Jordan Luplow’s RBI double to left-center field. The Jammers pushed their lead to 2-0 when Francisco Aponte tripled to score Chase Simpson from first.
Jamestown’s Kevin Krause ripped another triple, to the right-center gap, to leadoff the top of the sixth against State College reliever Nick Lomascolo. But Lomascolo recovered with back-to-back strikeouts and a groundout to strand Krause on third and keep the Spikes within two.
“Second time out where he’s had to come in and face lefties in tough situations and he’s done a nice job of putting those guys away,” Marmol said. “He’s done a phenomenal job to this point.”
The Spikes erased the two-run deficit in bottom half, starting their rally on a Jamestown error.
Jammers shortstop Erik Forgione fielded a ground ball by State College’s Alex De Leon and airmailed the throw over the leaping David Andriese at first base.
Rowan Wick then stepped to the plate and knocked a towering shot off the left-center field wall for a double. With De Leon on third and Wick on second, Ronnierd Garcia lined a single into left field.
Wick greeted De Leon with a high five before making his way into the dugout. The Spikes and Jammers went to the seventh tied 2-2.
“I feel like we have a lot of guys on this team who want to be in those situations in the tight games and be up, so it’s fun,” said Danny Diekroeger, who went 3-for-5. “I know this team’s real talented, and we had a chance there at the end, but we fought hard tonight.”
Jamestown scored the go-ahead run the ninth inning sparked by a leadoff triple by Chase Simpson.
And the Spikes were in position to tie it with two on in the bottom half, but Thompson couldn’t come up with the hit.
“Any time you can give up two runs, three runs,” Thompson said, “you’re going to have a good chance to win the ballgame and that’s what we did tonight. It just didn't work out.”
Notes: State College hosts Jamestown again Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. before starting a four-game series with Williamsport. The Spikes will travel to Bowman Field for games Thursday and Saturday and host the Crosscutters on Friday and Sunday. … Dewin Perez (1-0, 2.89 ERA) will start Wednesday for the Spikes, while Tyler Eppler (0-0, 1.29) will be on the mound for Jamestown.