Despite the Crosscutters striking first, State College tallied a run in the fourth and fifth innings, edging Williamsport 2-1 on Thursday night.
The Spikes (26-13) have won three of their last four games, while the loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Crosscutters (24-15).
State College starter Carson Cross earned the win in a stellar outing. A 6-foot-5 right-hander, Cross (3-3) allowed two hits and one unearned run over six innings of work while striking out five.
The outing lowered his season ERA to 3.47.
The losing pitcher was Williamsport starter Bailey Falter, a 19-year-old left-hander. Falter lasted five innings, surrendered four hits and two runs (one earned), and struck out four.
Falter, however, did give up the deciding blow in the fifth inning — a solo home run by Tommy Edman.
But before Edman’s shot, Williamsport opened the scoring. The Crosscutters’ Mark Laird singled to center field in the bottom of the third inning, plating Luke Maglich.
But in the fourth frame, Jeremy Martinez hit a run-scoring ground-rule double, and in the fifth, Edman launched his third homer of the season.
State College’s bullpen preserved the small lead, as Bob Wheatley relieved Cross and gave up only one hit in the seventh and eighth innings.
Spikes left-hander Brady Bowen earned the save, striking out one in the final frame. It was Bowen’s fourth save of the season.
The Spikes and Crosscutters move to State College for a two-game set, starting at 7:05 p.m. Friday.