David Washington’s big game at the plate could not help the State College Spikes shake their road woes.
Washington went 4-for-4, but State College gave up a season-high 10 runs in suffering a 10-5 loss to Batavia, the Spikes’ ninth consecutive road loss.
State College (20-19) blew an early 4-0 lead and succumbed to two big innings from the Muckdogs (19-19).
The Spikes struck in their initial at-bat, scoring three times. Cesar Valera singled with one out and raced home to score on Bruce Caldwell’s double to right. Washington followed with a single to plate Caldwell. Washington later scored on an error.
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State College extended the lead to 4-0 in the third as Caldwell singles, moved to third on Washington’s double and scored on Mason Katz’s RBI groundout.
Batavia struck back with five runs in the fourth off State College starter Willy Paulino. Austin Dean’s two-run triple to right field keyed the outburst. Justin Bohn singled in a run and Paulino also walked in a run in the inning.
State College squared the score at 5-5 in the fifth. Cesar Valera doubled and scored on Washington’s single.
The Muckdogs would take control with four runs in the sixth against relievers Kyle Webb (1-2) and Victor De Leon. Batavia loaded the bases on two singles and a hit batter by Webb. The Muckdogs scored on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly before De Leon replaced Webb. They added another run on a sacrifice fly and Michael Vaughn smacked an RBI single.
Vaughn’s RBI single in the eighth off De Leon capped the scoring.
State College outhit Batavia 12-11 and the Muckdogs committed four errors. The Spikes were 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
Caldwell had three hits and Valera notched two hits. Washington and Valera each smacked their 12th doubles on the season.
Vaughn’s three hits paced the Muckdogs. Carlos Lopez added two hits.
Justin Jackson (4-1) tossed five innings of relief to earn the win. Jackson allowed four hits and one run, while striking out three and walking two.
State College, which hasn’t won on the road since July 3 at Williamsport, will face Batavia again Monday before returning home to start a six-game homestand on Tuesday. Nick Petree (1-1) will start against Batavia’s Max Garner (1-0).