Penn State

July 20 Spikes pregame notes

State College Spikes (9-23) at Mahoning Valley Scrappers (18-14)

When: 7:05 p.m. tonight

Where: Eastwood Field, Niles, Ohio

Pitching matchup: SC -- Nick Kingham (1-2, 3.96); MV -- Danny Jimenez (1-1, 2.63)

Notes: Tuesday’s 6-1 loss to the Scrappers dropped the Spikes to a woeful 2-16 on the road. State College is 0-4 at Eastwood Field. The Spikes are hitting .191 and averaging less than three runs per game on the road. The Spikes haven’t homered away from Medlar Field since Wes Freeman’s blast to left field at Williamsport’s Bowman Field on June 18. Seven Spikes are hitting .200 or lower on the road. Kingham, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ fourth-round draft pick in 2010, is coming off a strong outing at Staten Island, where he pitched five scoreless innings. Kingham has allowed one or no runs in four of his six starts.