State College Spikes: Spikes fire one-hitter at Vermont

July 16, 2014 

— Four State College pitchers combined on a one-hitter to lead the Spikes to a 7-0 win over Vermont at Centennial Field on Wednesday night.

Lake Monsters first baseman John Nogowski singled off Spikes reliever Tyler Bray to break up the no-hitter with one out in the eighth inning. State College’s Trey Nielsen went four innings in his first start of the season, striking out three and walking one. Spikes reliever Anderson Gerdel struck out five and allowed one walk in three innings to earn the win. Bray gave up the first hit but struck out two in the eighth, and Nick Lomascolo closed it out in the ninth.

Rowan Wick hit his 13th home run of the season, and Darren Seferina went 2 for 4 for the Spikes. Wick leads the New York-Penn League in homers, hitting (.380) and RBIs (35). Six different players scored for State College, which extended its win streak to six games, against Vermont (11-21).

The Spikes (24-8) went ahead 3-0 in the first inning after Wick ripped a three-run home run to right-center field.

State College added four more runs in the fourth.

Wick led off with a walk, Jake Stone singled and Nick Thompson walked to load the bases, ending Vermont starting pitcher Corey Miller’s night. Reliever Lee Sosa entered and threw a wild pitch to score Wick. Brian O’Keefe then drew a walk to reload the bases, and Jhohan Acevedo followed with a one-run single.

With the bases still loaded and no outs, Seferina hit a sac fly to center field to push State College’s lead to 6-0. Danny Diekroeger later singled to left field to bring in the seventh run.

Gerdel struck out the side to keep the no-hitter alive after seven innings. Bray started the eighth inning by striking out Max Kuhn.

Nogowski then lined a single into left field to end the no-hit bid.

Lomascolo allowed a leadoff walk to Ben McQuown in the ninth. He later advanced to third on a groundout, but Lomascolo got back-to-back strikeouts to complete the shutout.

Notes: State College continues its series against Vermont on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. ... Cody Schumacher (1-0, 1.62) will be on the mound for the Spikes, while Anthony Burke (2-1, 2.22) will get the start for Vermont. ... Spikes first baseman Jake Stone went 1 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. ... Wick has reached base in 21 consecutive games.

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