State College Spikes

State College Spikes: Bosco hits for cycle, first in franchise history

Jimmy Bosco became the first State College Spike to ever hit for the cycle in Wednesday's 6-1 victory at Mahoning Valley.

Bosco went 4-for-5, scored two runs and drove in two more as the win now puts the Spikes atop the New York-Penn League's Pinckney division.

"It was a very special feeling because I got to celebrate with such a great team and everyone was very excited for me," Bosco said after the game.

Ben O'Shea (2-0) earned the win after six strong innings. The left-hander needed just 64 pitches and allowed just two hits, struck out six and walked one. He retired the last 11 batters he faced. Jimmy Reed earned his first pro save pitching three in relief, allowing two hits and striking out two.

The Spikes (6-3), by virtue of Jamestown's 4-3 loss to Batavia Wednesday, are now first in the division.

With O'Shea dealing, the State College offense feasted on Scrappers' pitching. Cole Sulser (0-1) took the loss after four runs, six hits, a walk and three strikeouts.

Carson Kelly (1-for-4) drove in a pair of runs as did Cesar Velara (1-for-5).

The Spikes finished with 13 hits while the Scrappers managed just four.

Michael Schulze (2-for-3) had two doubles and scored two runs. Nine Spikes had hits in the game.

However, the night belonged to Bosco. The 13th round pick in 2013 ripped the game's first pitch for a triple, hit a solo home run in the third, blooped a single in the fourth and doubled in the eighth.

He is now 8-for-15 in his last four games including Tuesday's rain-suspended game with the Jammers.

Five of those hits went for extra bases and two were home runs.

"Baseball is a really funny game in regards to success," Bosco said. "There's lots of times when you're not having as much ... sometimes the ball rolls your way and sometimes it doesn't."

Ronald Castillo had a single in the game but left in the fifth after fouling a pitch off his leg. He is expected to be available tomorrow for the Spikes 7:05 p.m. rematch with the Scrappers.

Nick Petree (0-0), a ninth-round pick in 2013, will make his second start. The right-hander will match up against lefty Luis Lugo (0-1) for Mahoning Valley.

Notes: The Spikes placed right-handed pitcher Arturo Reyes on the seven-day disabled list, retroactive to June 24. The team also

activated right-handed pitcher Josh Lucas from the seven-day disabled list.