The State College offense stayed hot to support a strong start by Spikes pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon.
The Spikes recorded 14 hits, their fourth straight game with a double-digit total, to propel the team to an 8-0 victory over the Jamestown Jammers on Friday night at Russell E. Diethrick, Jr. Park. Poncedeleon pitched five scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking two to pick up the win.
Danny Diekroeger went 3 for 5 with a triple, extending his hitting streak to 16 games.
State College can clinch the New York-Penn League’s Pinckney Division title with a win over Jamestown on Saturday.
The Spikes (40-26) took a 2-0 lead on RBI singles by Nick Thompson and Jake Stone in the third inning.
The Jammers (30-34) threatened that lead against Poncedeleon in the bottom of the fourth.
Jamestown’s Michael Suchy and Chase Simpson each singled to start the inning. A fielding error by Spikes center fielder Jhohan Acevedo on Simpson’s single gave the Jammers runners on second and third with no outs. But Poncedeleon struck out the next three batters to get out of the jam unscathed.
After State College added a run in the top of the fifth, Poncedeleon (2-3, 2.75 ERA) recorded two strikeouts in a perfect bottom half.
It was Poncedeleon’s first win of the season as a starter. His last victory came in relief in a win over Williamsport on June 27.
The Spikes then erupted for five runs in the top of the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.
Chase Raffield drove in the first run on a double to left field and scored on a single by Acevedo. With Darren Seferina at the plate, Acevedo stole second, then took off to steal third and came around to score on the same pitch — a wild pitch by Jamestown pitcher Eric Dorsch.
State College added three more runs to take an 8-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth.
Nick Lomascolo, Joe Scanio and Josh Lucas combined to give up one hit over the final four innings to complete the shutout, with Scanio striking out the side in the eighth. In all, the four Spikes pitchers racked up 15 strikeouts.