The State College Spikes got to play, officially, for nine minutes Wednesday night and never got to swing a bat.
A series of thunderstorms rolled through Centre County, dumped rain on the field, and lit up the sky with lightning to prompt the umpires to suspend the game. After a 1-hour, 18-minute delay, the night was over for the Spikes and West Virginia Black Bears.
The Black Bears led 1-0 on the strength of a solo home run by Stephen Alamais in the top of the first. The umpires sent everyone off the field and the tarp was brought out after the top half of the inning was completed.
The teams will play a doubleheader Thursday, resuming the game in the bottom of the first for nine innings starting at 5:05 p.m., with a seven-inning contest to follow.
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Bryan Dobzanski was the starter for the Spikes, and James Marvel was on the hill for the Bears. Left-handed pitcher Dewin Perez (2-3, 3.16 ERA) is the scheduled starter for the Spikes. The Bears’ righty Danny Beddes is scheduled to start.
Earlier Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals promoted right-handed pitcher Harley Holt to Class-A Peoria. He had been the schedule starting pitcher for State College on Friday.