The State College Spikes may not have gotten a runner past first base until the ninth inning, but they manufactured a little offense when they needed it the most Friday night.
The Spikes put two runs across in the ninth inning on just two singles to back up a stellar night of pitching and defense to get a little closer to the top of the New York-Penn League’s Pinckney Division Standings with a 2-0 victory over the Jamestown Jammers at Russell Diethrick Park.
State College (32-23) moved to within a game of Jamestown (33-22) in the standings. The teams close their two-game series Saturday.
A trio of Spikes pitchers kept the Jammers at bay in the six-hit shutout. Willy Paulino pitched five innings while giving up just two hits, three walks and striking out five. Mitch Harris followed by giving up one hit and a walk over 1 1/3 innings, and Jacob Booden (4-0) finished for the win, allowing three hits while striking out five.
The trio also was backed up by two double plays, and stranded 10 Jamestown baserunners.
The Jammers, who turned three double plays, got an excellent effort from Shane Carle, who allowed only four hits and a walk with four strikeouts over seven innings. Roberto Espinoza (1-2) tossed the final two innings and took the loss.
Steven Ramos got the ninth-inning rally started with a bunt single, beating the throw to first with a headfirst slide. Jamestown catcher Andrew Dennis then was errant on a pickoff attempt of Ramos at first allowing the runner to advance, and following Cesar Valera getting hit by a pitch, Brett Wiley’s sacrifice fly brought in the game’s first run.
Valera moved to second on a wild pitch, raced to third on David Washington’s second single of the game and scored on a double steal when Washington swiped second.
The first two Jammers batters then reached bas to begin the bottom of the ninth, but an infield pop-up, strikeout and ground out ended the game.
Edwin Espinal and Elvis Escobar each collected two hits for Jamestown.
State College right-hander Nick Petree (1-1) will start Saturday’s game against righty Isaac Sanchez (1-0).