State College came out swinging, and Tri-City responded.
But only the Spikes could sustain the offensive firepower on Monday night.
State College, led by three home runs, outhit the ValleyCats in a 9-6 series-opening win at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.
Ryan McCarvel, Danny Hudzina and Riley Drongesen went yard, but before they did, State College racked up a few runs. In the top of the first inning, the Spikes scored three on a Vince Jackson double, Jeremy Martinez single and Ricardo Bautista sacrifice fly.
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However, the ValleyCats answered. In the bottom half of the frame, a single and a double scored four runs.
Fortunately for the Spikes, they kept it up. State College scored two in the second inning on Drongesen’s solo shot and an RBI single by Jackson, and tacked on a run each in the fifth and sixth innings with homers from McCarvel and Hudzina, respectively.
Tri-City scored two in the sixth and one in the eighth, but the Spikes plated a couple in the top of the eighth, too, on singles by McCarvel and Jose Martinez.
In total, State College and Tri-City combined for 30 hits.
That considered, it wasn’t as fun on the mound as it was in the batter’s box. Spikes starter Steven Farinaro (2-0) earned the win, even though he surrendered six earned runs and 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings.
The losing pitcher, Kevin Hill, allowed five runs and seven hits in two innings of work.
Eric Carter recorded the save for State College, his second of the season.
State College continues its three-game series at Tri-City at 7 p.m. Tuesday.