Will Anderson — along power and speed from his teammates — made sure State College’s season-high four-game losing streak didn’t get to five on Wednesday.
Anderson fired seven shutout innings and Chase Raffield and Brian O’Keefe each blasted home runs as the Spikes halted their skid with a 7-0 romp over the Lowell Spinners at Edward LeLacheur Park.
Anderson improved to 5-1 with one of his best efforts of the season. The 6-foot-3 right-hander allowed six hits, struck out five and walked one. The Spinners went 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position against Anderson.
Anderson had a lead to work with from the start.
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Darren Seferina led of the game with a double, moved to third catcher Alixson Suarez’s errant pickoff throw and scored on a one-out sacrifice fly to center by Danny Diekroeger.
The Pinkney Division-leading Spikes (33-19) broke out the power in the next inning.
Raffield led off the second with his third homer of the season, a shot to right field. O’Keefe made it back-to-back bombs by belting his second homer of the season, a shot off the top of the scoreboard in left field.
Jakes Stone later walked, moved to second on groundout and raced home on Seferina’s single to left.
State College tacked on two more runs in the fourth thanks to speed. With two outs, Seferina singled, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored Robelys Reyes’ single to right. Reyes swiped second and moved to third as Suarez threw wild on the attempt. Reyes trotted in as Diekroeger smacked a double to right.
The Spikes remained scoreless from there until the ninth. O’Keefe reached on an infield single and moved to second on an errant throw to first. After Stone walked, Jhohan Acevedo doubled down the right-field line to score O’Keefe.
Lowell (23-28) didn’t fare any better after Anderson left. Brandon Lee entered in the eighth and struck out the side. Lee retired the side in order in the ninth, striking out Nick Moore looking to end the game.
Seferina’s three hits led State College’s 11-hit attack. Reyes, Diekroeger, Raffield and O’Keefe added two hits each. O’Keefe also reached base twice after being hit by pitches.
The Spikes now are nine games ahead in the Pinkney Division.
Danny Mars had two hits for the Spinners, who committed four errors. The loss ruined the team’s Boston Bruins night, which featured the national anthem sung by Rene Rancourt and Bruins star forward Gregory Campbell.
The teams meet again in the second game of the three-game series on Thursday. Left-hander Dewin Perez (4-1, 3.38 ERA) will start for the Spikes against Lowell right-hander Heri Quevedo (5-3, 7.69).