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Spikes blow out Batavia

The Spikes needed a night like this.

After just one hit in Tuesday night’s loss to Hudson Valley, State College exploded for 17 hits and 11 runs to dominate on Wednesday.

The Spikes (3-3) kicked off a six-game road trip with an 11-1 blowout of Batavia (0-6) at Dwyer Stadium.

Following two straight shutout losses to Hudson Valley, the Spikes rebounded — and did so early. Dylan Tice scored Tommy Edman on an RBI single into center field in the top of the first inning.

While Batavia answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning, the Muckdogs couldn’t string together anything that would match the Spikes later in the game. State College posted four runs in the fourth frame, plated two in the fifth and sixth innings, and tacked on one in the seventh and ninth.

In the fourth, Ryan McCarvel scored Kris Goodman on an RBI single to left, and he later scored on an Anthony Ray single to right. After the pair of run-scoring singles, Batavia replaced starting and losing pitcher Reilly Hovis with reliever Connor Bach.

He didn’t fair any better.

Bach let up a two-run single to Edman, scoring Ray and Bladimil Franco to wrap up the Spikes’ fourth inning.

In the fifth, Bach hit McCarvel with a pitch, scoring Tice, and Danny Hudzina scored later on a Franco groundout. A couple more were tacked on in the sixth on a Hudzina groundout and Josh Swirchak single, and Ray plated Danny Martin on a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

In all, State College was 9 for 18 with runners in scoring position, while Batavia was 0 for 8.

Meanwhile on the bump, Dailyn Martinez (1-1) was stellar earning the win. During seven innings of work, Martinez struck out six and allowed zero earned runs and three hits.

The Spikes hope this kind of performance continues throughout their road swing. State College plays game two of a three-game series at Batavia at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday.

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