The State College Spikes tied a season-high with 15 hits in a dominant offensive effort Saturday night.
State College scored five runs in the first inning and coasted to an 9-2 win over the Tri-City ValleyCats at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.
Darren Seferina went 3 for 6 with two doubles and scored two runs. Danny Diekroeger, Alex De Leon, Rowan Wick and Brian O’Keefe each recorded two hits for the Spikes (26-9). Nine State College players recorded hits and 10 reached base.
State College reliever Jeff Rauh earned the win. Spikes starting pitcher Dewin Perez pitched four scoreless innings, striking out five, walking four and allowing two hits. State College pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts.
The Spikes pounded out five hits in the first inning en route to building an insurmountable lead.
Seferina led off the top of the first inning with a double to center field. He scored on a throwing error by Tri-City shortstop Mott Hyde on a ground ball by Robelys Reyes, who advanced to second base on the play.
Diekroeger doubled to center field to score Reyes, and De Leon brought him home with a single up the middle.
After Rowan Wick grounded into a double play, O’Keefe singled to left field and Jake Stone walked. Both scored on Collin Radack’s double to right field, giving State College a 5-0 lead.
The Spikes pushed their lead over the ValleyCats (23-12) to 8-0 with three runs in the fourth.
Reyes and Stone each recorded RBI singles in the inning, and Wick had an RBI double.
State College relievers Tyler Bray and Nick Lomascolo combined to hold Tri-City scoreless in the final four innings. Bray struck out three and allowed one hit in two innings, and Lomascolo struck out the side in the eighth inning and finished with five strikeouts in two innings.
Notes: The Spikes and ValleyCats continue their series at 5 p.m. Sunday. ... Fernando Baez (2-0, 1.73) will be on the mound for State College, while Austin Chrismon (3-2, 4.40) will start for Tri-City. ... Wick has now reached base in 24 straight games, tying the State College record set by David Rubinstein during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. ... Stone pushed his hitting streak to 14 games after going 1 for 4.