Two games, two completely different results.
The State College Spikes got knocked around Sunday evening.
The Tri-City ValleyCats pounded out 14 hits to thump the Spikes 12-2 at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, the most runs and hits allowed this season by State College.
The game came less than 24 hours after State College had racked up 15 hits in a 9-2 victory in a matchup of two of the top three teams in the New York-Penn League, and a rematch of last year’s league championship series.
The Spikes managed just six hits — all singles — with one for Rowan Wick to help him reach base successfully in 25 straight games, the longest streak in franchise history. However, Jake Stone was 0 for 3 to end his hit streak at 14 games.
State College was shut down by ValleyCat pitching, with 11 combined strikeouts. Austin Chrismon (4-2) struck out eight over five innings for the win, giving up three hits and two runs, one earned, with a pair of walks. Brandon McNitt and Kyle Weiland combined for four innings of shutout relief.
Fernando Baez (2-1) had a rough outing for his first loss as a Spike. He struck out six but gave up five hits, five runs — all earned — and three walks over four innings.
Leading the ValleyCat hitting attack was Juan Santana, who was 2 for 4 with two doubles and five RBIs.
Despite the loss, the Spikes (26-10) remained tied with the Hudson Valley Renegades for the best record in the league. Tri-City (24-12) is the only other team with more than 20 wins.
State College also increased its lead over Batavia in the Pinckney Division standings to 71/2 games after the Muckdogs were swept by the Connecticut Tigers in a doubleheader on Sunday.
The Spikes had a brief 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Darren Seferina drew a bases-loaded walk to force in Stone, who reached on an error, and Robelys Reyes grounded out to bring home Brian O’Keefe.
After that, the ValleyCats dominated, with a Santana RBI double in the bottom of the third followed by a Jamie Ritchey RBI double and a three-run double for Santana in the fourth.
The lead was stretched to 8-2 in the fifth on a bases-loaded walk, an error and a sacrifice fly, and the final four runs crossed in the seventh, with a sacrifice fly for Santana for the last of his RBIs, and three straight RBI singles for Bobby Boyd, Ryan Bottger and Derek Fisher.