Vince Jackson achieved a personal milestone Tuesday night.
The State College Spikes center fielder hit the first home run of his professional career, a three-run shot that proved to be the difference in a 4-2 win over the Lowell Spinners at LeLacheur Park.
Jackson and Elier Rodriguez each finished 2 for 4 to pace State College (21-11) offensively.
Spikes relief pitcher Gerwuins Velazco pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win, and Eric Carter picked up the save.
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State College couldn’t get anything going against Lowell starting pitcher Brian Johnson.
Johnson allowed three hits and struck out six in six scoreless innings.
The Spinners (19-13) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning with some help from Spikes starting pitcher Dewin Perez.
Lowell’s Chris Madera singled and advanced to second and third on a pair of wild pitches. He then scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Scott.
The Spikes managed just three hits in the first seven innings and Lowell maintained its 1-0 lead going into the eighth.
Mick Fennell got the inning started with a one-out double to right field. After Tommy Edman drew a walk, Jose Martinez struck out swinging to bring Jackson to the plate with two outs.
Jackson has power potential — he tied for the team lead at Tennessee with eight home runs this past spring, and he has six doubles and three triples this season for the Spikes.
He added a home run to his season totals, drill a shot to right-center field to give the Spikes a 3-1 lead.
State College added a run in the ninth on an RBI single by Ricardo Bautista.
Carter then gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth before getting a strikeout to end the game.
The Spikes, who have off Wednesday, open a three-game home series against Auburn at 7:05 p.m. Thursday.