State College Spikes

State College Spikes: Team matches franchise high in hits, pounds Auburn 12-1

The State College Spikes definitely have their offense in gear.

The Spikes reached season-highs in runs and hits on the young season and pounded out five doubles for the third time in five games in a 12-1 drubbing of the Auburn Doubledays on Friday night at Falcon Park.

Highlighted by an eight-run second inning, State College racked up 20 hits, with all but one starter getting at least one and seven players collecting multiple hits.

The team also picked up six extra-base hits, with Trevor Martin belting a solo home run in the ninth inning, and they have had double figures in hits three times this week and have scored at least seven runs in four straight games.

The hit total matched the franchise record, also reached in 2008 against Williamsport and 2010 against Vermont.

Jimmy Bosco had three hits including two doubles, and Ronald Castillo and Carson Kelly also had three hits each to lead the Spikes’ charge. Matthew Young, Michael Schulze and David Washington all took ripped doubles.

As lopsided as the game was, it could have been worse — the Spikes were 8-for-22 with runners in scoring position and left 15 runners on base. They were assisted by six walks and one hit batter.

Kyle Webb (1-0), the third of four pitchers, earned his first win as a Spike with 2 2/3 scoreless innings of work. He gave up two hits and struck out one. In his professional debut, Nick Petree also had an impressive night on the mound, allowing three hits with three strikeouts and no walks or runs over the game’s first four innings. Petree, a ninth-round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this month, was the 2012 Collegiate Baseball national Player of the Year while at Missouri State.

Mitch Harris and Jeffrey Rauh also worked on the hill, with Harris allowing an unearned run in the sixth as the four pitchers combined to allow eight hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

James Yezzo and Cody Gunter each had two hits for the Doubledays.

Reynaldo Lopez (0-1) took the loss, facing only 12 batters before exiting in State College’s eight-run second inning.

The Spikes sent 12 batters to the plate during the second, with RBI doubles for Young and Bosco, a two-run double for Schulze, RBI singles for Bruce Caldwell and Castillo, and runs also scoring on a sacrifice fly and passed ball.

The teams finish their three-game series at Falcon Park at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, with right-hander Andrew Pierce earning the start. Pierce was an eight-round draft pick two weeks ago out of Southern Mississippi. State College then returns home to begin a three-game series with the Jamestown Jammers on Sunday.