The State College Spikes lineup couldn’t crack Tri-City’s pitching Monday night.
State College managed just three hits through eight innings and didn’t score until the ninth in a 4-1 loss to the ValleyCats at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. The Spikes struck out 11 times and went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Rowan Wick accounted for two of the team’s five hits and scored the Spikes’ lone run after tripling in the ninth. Wick extended his franchise record on-base streak to 26 games.
Nick Thompson, Alex De Leon and Danny Diekroeger each recorded singles for the Spikes.
ValleyCats starting pitcher Joe Musgrove (3-1) limited the Spikes to just two hits in six scoreless innings to earn the win. Musgrove also struck out six and walked one. State College starter Daniel Poncedeleon (1-2) took the loss, allowing one run on four hits in four innings.
Tri-City (25-12) got on the board in the third inning when Bobby Boyd singled to left field to drive in Mott Hyde.
The ValleyCats added to their lead with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.
State College reliever Nick Lomascolo started the inning and faced just four batters. Boyd led off with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Spikes catcher Luis Cruz. After getting a flyout, Lomascolo allowed a single to Derek Fisher to score Boyd. Lomascolo then struck out A.J. Reed before being replaced by Joe Scanio on the mound.
Fisher, who advanced to second on the throw after his single, stole third and scored on an infield single to third base by Nick Tanielu. Tri-City’s Jamie Ritchie followed with an RBI double to right field to give the ValleyCats a 4-0 lead.
The Spikes (26-11) rarely threatened on a quiet offensive night.
Wick led off the seventh inning with a double off Tri-City reliever Bryan Radziewski, and Jake Stone followed with a walk. After Radziewski struck out Spikes designated hitter Adam Ehrlich, Stone advanced to second and Wick moved up to third on a wild pitch. But they were left stranded as Radziewski struck out Cruz and Collin Radack to end the inning.
The ValleyCats left-handed reliever picked up where he left off in the eighth, striking out Darren Seferina and Robelys Reyes before getting a groundout in a perfect inning.
The Spikes ended the shutout in the ninth. Wick tripled off the right-center field wall and scored on a groundout by Stone.
Notes: State College returns to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park to start a five-game homestand at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday against Mahoning Valley. ... Trey Nielsen (3-0, 1.25) will start for State College, while Cameron Hill (0-1, 1.29) will be on the mound for Mahoning Valley. ... The Penn State women’s basketball team will participate in the State College Spikes’ “Paint the Park Pink” night for breast cancer awareness on Sunday, Aug. 3. The Spikes will play Hudson Valley at 6:05 p.m. Coach Coquese Washington will throw out the first pitch, and Penn State players will sign autographs during the second inning. The Spikes will also wear pink ribbon jerseys to benefit the Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center.