Rowan Wick is now just nine home runs away from tying the New York-Penn League single-season record with 42 games remaining in the season.
Wick belted his 14th home run, a two-run blast to right-center field, to help the State College Spikes to a 6-3 win over the Vermont Lake Monsters at Centennial Field on Friday night.
Utica’s John Hennell set the league record with 23 home runs in 1982. Wick, who finished 1 for 4, now has 37 RBIs on the season and already holds the Spikes’ franchise record.
His homer was part of an 11-hit attack by State College, as eight players recorded hits. Jake Stone, Alex De Leon and Collin Radack each had two hits for the Spikes. Stone extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
State College starting pitcher Will Anderson (4-1) went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits to earn his fourth straight win. Kyle Grana pitched two scoreless innings of relief, and Joe Scanio closed it out for his third save of the season.
Vermont starter Jerad Grundy gave up six runs on nine hits in 42/3 innings to drop to 0-4 this season.
Darren Seferina tripled to lead off the first inning and scored the Spikes’ first run on Robelys Reyes’ sacrifice fly to right field.
But the Spikes (25-9) trailed Vermont 3-1 heading to the fourth inning.
De Leon led off the top of the fourth with a double and scored on Nick Thompson’s double to center field. Ronnierd Garcia then brought Thompson home to tie it with the third double of the inning. State College took a 4-3 lead on Radack’s RBI single to left field.
Wick then crushed his 14th homer off Grundy in the fifth, scoring Stone to give the Spikes a 6-3 lead. It was Wick’s first homer against a left-handed pitcher this season.
Grana pitched the seventh and eighth innings, striking out five and walking one while allowing just one hit. The Spikes reliever leads the team with 32 strikeouts, and he’s allowed just two earned runs in 20 innings.
Scanio hasn’t allowed a run in four appearances for the Spikes.
Notes: State College starts a three-game series against Tri-City at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m. ... Dewin Perez (2-1, 3.86) is set to start for State College, while Randall Fant (0-0, 5.79) will be on the mound for Tri-City. ... The ValleyCats beat the Spikes to win the 2013 New York-Penn League championship. This season, Tri-City is 23-11, good for first place in the Stedler Division. ... The Spikes are in first place in the Pinckney Division.