The “magic number” was one.
One more win, that is, and the Spikes earned it on Saturday night at Auburn with a 3-1 victory that clinched State College the New York-Penn Leaue Pinckney division title. It’s the third division title in four years for the team, which will begin its playoff run on Wednesday, Sept. 7.
State College (44-23) actually could have clinched on Friday night, but fell to the Doubledays 2-0.
Spikes right-hander Jordan Hicks threw a strong seven innings, giving up only three hits and one run while striking out six batters. Hicks has struck out 22 batters in August alone.
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Brady Bowen earned his ninth save of the season, pitching two innings with three ceded hits and no runs.
Jeremy Martinez sent Tommy Edman into home on a sacrifice fly in the first inning, and followed up his RBI with a two-RBI single to right field that sent Edman around the bases again and also scored Andy Young in the third.
Auburn (26-39) got one back in the sixth with a groundout-RBI by Dalton Dulin.
Saturday night’s win tied the three-game series, which will be decided on Sunday at 5:05 p.m.