State College Spikes

State College Spikes: Extra-base hits help Spikes rally past Jamestown Jammers

The State College Spikes had an extra-good night of baseball Saturday.

The Spikes pounded out nine hits — seven for extra bases — and rallied past the Jamestown Jammers 6-2.

Andrew Sohn blasted a solo home run, while Jhohan Acevedo and Danny Diekroger each doubled and tripled for the New York-Penn League victory, scoring four runs in the sixth inning and two more in the ninth after spotting the Jammers a two-run lead.

The game completed a two-game series sweep at Russell Diethrick Park. The teams meet again for another two-game set at Medlar Field at Lubrano park starting Tuesday.

The Spikes were shut down over the first five innings, held to just one hit — a double to lead off the game by Acevedo — by Jammers pitchers. Alex McRae tossed the first four innings and struck out two with no walks and the one hit. Jerry Muldering hit a batter but otherwise had a quiet fifth inning before State College erupted in the sixth and took the loss.

The huge inning began with Sohn’s first homer of the season to left field, and he was followed by back-to-back triples from Acevedo and Diekroeger. Diekroeger scored when Nick Thompson hit a come-backer to Muldering and the pitcher threw the ball away, with Thompson advancing to second. He scored on an Alex De Leon double.

State College added a pair of insurance runs in the ninth. Ronnierd Garcia opened the inning with a single, Brian O’Keefe followed with a double, Garcia raced home on a wild pitch and Collin Radack singled home O’Keefe.

Jamestown plated one run each in the second and third. Chase Simpson homered to center in the second and Carl Anderson tripled and scored on a passed ball in the third.

Cody Schumacher got a no-decision in making his professional debut. The 36th-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals out of Missouri State pitched three innings, giving up the two hits and two Jammer runs — one earned — while striking out one and walking one.

Tyler Bray, also making his pro debut as a 26th-round pick from Louisiana-Monroe, earned the win with two hitless innings of relief work, striking out three. Nick Lomascolo and Jacob Booden finished the game, combining to give up just two more hits in four shutout frames.

State College heads to Batavia to start a two-game series with the Muckdogs. Left-hander Austin Gomber, a fourth-round draft choice earlier this month making his first pro start, will oppose Batavia righty Yeims Mendoza (0-2) in the 5:05 p.m. game Sunday.