Rowan Wick got State College off to a good start and the rest of the Spikes kept up the pace.
State College pounded out 14 hits in thumping Batavia 7-1 on Thursday night at Dwyer Stadium. The Spikes (13-7) regained first place over Muckdogs (12-8) in the New York-Penn League’s Pinckney Division.
Led by Andrew Sohn’s three singles, every Spikes starter had a hit in the contest. The offense was more than enough for Daniel Poncedeleon, Trey Nielsen and Jeff Barkley, who combined for a four-hitter, all of them singles
Wick, who broke the Spikes’ single-season homer run record with his 11th on Wednesday, went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and walk. He raised his season average to .415 and leads the league with 27 RBIs.
Wick got the State College scoring going in the first. Danny Diekroeger singled with one out and moved to second on a passed ball. After Alex De Leon walked with two outs, Wick lined a RBI single to right field.
The Spikes tacked on a run in the second as Chase Raffield singled and eventually scored on Jake Stone’s sacrifice fly.
Batavia’s lone run came of of Poncedeleon in the bottom of the second. Eric Fisher struck out but reached on final strike because it was a wild pitch. He eventually scored on a double-play grounder.
The Spikes broke the contest open in the fourth, sending eight batters to the plate in a four-run outburst. Sohn walked, moved to third on Darren Seferina’s single and scored when Diekroeger hit into a double play. Stone followed with a blast to right for his second home run of the season. De Leon then singled and Wick walked. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch by Jorgan Cavenerio and scored on Collin Radack’s single to right.
State College added one more run in the sixth. Stone walked and raced to third on De Leon’s sixth souble of the season. Wick plated Stone with a groundout.
Neilson followed Poncedeleon and pitched three scoreless innings to improve to 3-0 on the season. Barkley tossed three innings of one-hit ball to earn his first save.
Diekroeger, De Leon and Wick had two hits apiece. The Spikes rolled despite going 2 for 16 with runners in scoring position and leaving 12 on base. For the second consecutive game, State College did not commit an error.
The Spikes return home Friday for a 1 p.m. holiday clash against Jamestown. Cody Schumacher (0-0, 1.29 ERA) will start for the Spikes against the Jammers’ (Frank Duncan, 0-1, 6.94). The game will be televised on WHLV (Comcast Ch. 14).
Parking for Spikes fans will be available in Lot 44 (Jordan Center East) for Friday’s game. If attending the Spikes game only, fans may park in Lot 44 (across the street from the ballpark) for the standard $3 charge. For the Fourth of July, the only access point for Lot 44 will be Dauer Drive, which can be accessed via Porter Road or University Drive.
Fans wishing to stay in Lot 44 after the game to attend the Central PA 4th Fest will be asked to make an additional $17 donation to 4th Fest. Fans wishing to attend only the Spikes game will not be required to pay any additional amount.
Spikes permit holders, VIPs and ADA will be able to access the Porter North lot for the Spikes game starting at 10 a.m. At approximately 1 p.m., the Porter North VIP lot will turn over to Central PA 4th Fest, and those wishing park in the lot will be asked to make a $20 donation.
Fans with additional parking questions are invited to call the Spikes at 272-1711 or Penn State Parking at 865-1436.