A big day at the plate for Leobaldo Pina helped the State College Spikes complete a three-game sweep of the Hudson Valley Renegades on Sunday.
Pina was 4 for 5 with three doubles and four RBIs as the Spikes dropped the Renegades 5-3 at Dutchess Stadium.
The three doubles tied the team’s single-game record, the sixth player to achieve the feat in the franchise’s 10-season history. Cole Lankford racked up three doubles last week for the team.
Pina’s last double, off the left-center field wall in the ninth inning, delivered the game-winning runs, bringing home Thomas Spitz and Mike Pritchard.
Pritchard was 3 for 5, Lankford and Riley Drongesen had two hits apiece and the Spikes racked up 13 hits as a team.
The sweep of the three-game series was the first of the season for State College, which opened the road trip by suffering an 0-3 series at Aberdeen.
Pina also had a two-run double in the third inning after his team fell behind 3-0 early.
Hudson Valley scored all its runs in the first inning, combining three hits with an error and three wild pitches — two of them on third strikes to allow the batter to reach first base.
The Spikes plated the tying run in the fifth when Craig Aikin singled to open the frame, advanced on an error and came around to score on another error as the Renegades threw the ball away on a Pritchard bunt single.
Jacob Evans (1-1) earned his first professional win, pitching three shutout innings of relief of starter Ian McKinney. After the tough first inning, McKinney settled in to give up a total of six hits while striking out five.
Pedro Echemendia retired the final three Renegade batters on strikeouts to earn his third save of the season.
Nic Wilson paced the Hudson Valley offense with three hits.
State College will enjoy a day off Monday before opening a six-game homestand, with the Vermont Lake Monsters starting a three-game series Tuesday and the Lowell Spinners coming to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park next weekend. Right-handed pitcher Jorge Rodriguez (2-2) will bring a streak of 11 straight scoreless innings into Tuesday’s contest.