State College Spikes

State College Spikes move above .500 with win at West Virginia

Casey Grayson drove in two runs, but saw two streaks at the plate come to an end in the State College Spikes’ 3-1 win over the West Virginia Black Bears on Thursday night at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Grayson went 0 for 4 to end his on-base streak at 23 games and his hitting streak at 14 games. Grayson fell three games short of Rowan Wick’s franchise-record 26-game on-base streak set last season.

Spikes starting pitcher Jorge Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk to earn the win. Rodriguez also struck out three. Luke Harrison allowed one run in three innings of relief to pick up the save.

Bret Helton allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings to take the loss for West Virginia (10-15).

Josh Swirchak and Orlando Olivera each had two hits to lead the Spikes (13-12).

State College has now won three straight games and is above the .500 mark for the first time this season.

The Spikes took the lead in the second inning.

Cole Lankford doubled with one out and scored on a throwing error by West Virginia shortstop Kevin Newman.

State College went ahead 2-0 when Grayson sent a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in Thomas Spitz in the third inning. Grayson drove in another run to give the Spikes a 3-0 lead in the fifth.

Mike Pritchard led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Pritchard then scored when Grayson grounded into a fielder’s choice.

West Virginia scored its lone run on Logan Hill’s fielder’s choice groundout in the eighth.

The Spikes and Black Bears finish their series Friday at 7:05 p.m. Dailyn Martinez (2-1, 3.80 ERA) will be on the mound for the Spikes, while Dario Agrazal (2-1, 2.77) is set to start for West Virginia.