Thomas Spitz’s RBI double in the 10th inning lifted the State College Spikes to a 7-6 win over the West Virginia Black Bears at Monongalia County Ballpark on Thursday night.
Orlando Olivera went 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs to lead the Spikes offensively. Five other State College players finished with two hits.
State College relief pitcher Kevin Alexander earned the win after blowing a save opportuntiy. Alexander allowed two runs on three hits in two innings. Pedro Echemendia pitched a scoreless 10th inning to earn the save.
The Spikes took a 6-4 lead into the ninth inning, but West Virginia scored two runs against Alexander to force extra innings.
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Mitchell Tolman tripled and scored on a single by Logan Hill. Maximo Rivera then singled to drive in the game-tying run with two outs.
Spitz then came through with a two-out double in the 10th, driving in Jhohan Acevedo, who led off with a single.
State College took a four-run lead after a three-run fifth.
Mike Pritchard and Josh Swirchak started the inning with back-to-back singles. Casey Grayson followed with an RBI double, and Olivera drew a walk to load the bases. Cole Lankford then drove in two runs with a single to left field to push the lead to 6-2.
Olivera’s two-run home run in the third inning gave the Spikes a 3-2 lead.
Spikes starting pitcher Landon Beck went 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on nine hits. Beck also struck out eight and walked none.
But the Spikes bullpen failed to seal the win. Kender Villegas allowed two runs in the seventh inning, and Alexander gave up two runs in the ninth.
The Spikes continue their series against West Virginia at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Carson Cross (1-1, 2.45 ERA) is set to start for State College, while Dario Agrazal (4-3, 2.87) will be on the mound for West Virginia.