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State College Spikes held to 1 hit in loss to Hudson Valley Renegades

State College Spikes left fielder Vince Jackson dives back to first base after being caught trying to steal second base during the second game of the series against the Hudson Valley Renegades at Medlar Field on Monday, June 20, 2016.
State College Spikes left fielder Vince Jackson dives back to first base after being caught trying to steal second base during the second game of the series against the Hudson Valley Renegades at Medlar Field on Monday, June 20, 2016. nthomas@centredaily.com

The State College Spikes’ first and only hit bounced up the middle and into center field in the seventh inning.

For much of Monday night, the Spikes got under pitches, failing to generate any pressure in a 5-0 loss to Hudson Valley at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

State College (2-2) flew out or lined out to the outfield 14 times and popped out to an infielder four more times.

“You can’t do that,” Spikes manager Johnny Rodriguez said.

Vince Jackson recorded State College’s lone hit, a single in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Hudson Valley pitchers Jose Alonzo and Travis Ott combined on the one-hitter. Alonzo started and allowed one walk in four scoreless innings, and Ott allowed one hit, struck out one and walked one in five innings of relief to earn the win.

Penn State product Jim Haley finished 3 for 5 and scored a run for the Renegades (2-2).

Spikes starting pitcher Ronnie Williams allowed five runs, eight hits and hit four batters in the loss.

After giving up a single to Haley in the second inning, Williams hit Oscar Rojas in the back with one out and hit Blake Butera to load the bases with two outs.

Hudson Valley’s Joseph Astacio sent the next pitch up the middle for a two-run single to give his team a 2-0 lead.

In the fifth, Williams hit his fourth batter of the game, putting runners on first and second with no outs. A double, sacrifice fly and wild pitch each resulted in runs to push the Renegades’ lead to 5-0.

“That game should have been 0-0 all the way to the fifth,” Rodriguez said. “Ronnie didn’t have his best command.”

At the plate, State College’s first six hitters flew out or lined out before Spikes catcher Jeremy Martinez drew a leadoff walk in the third.

Hudson Valley retired 11 of the next 13 batters — committing an error and giving up a walk — before Jackson’s first professional hit ended the no-hitter in the seventh.

After going down 5-0 in the fifth, the Spikes flew out to the outfield seven times.

“When you’re down (five) runs, what do you try to do?” Rodriguez said. “Well, I’m going to hit a home run. I’m going to hit a gapper. No, you got to continue to do your approach. We didn’t do a good job offensively after the fourth inning.”

Rodriguez plans to talk with his players about the size of the park and the need to stick to a line-drive approach at the plate.

The Spikes have yet to hit a home run this season.

And Rodriguez doesn’t see much power potential on the roster.

On Monday night, State College’s 14 flyouts stalled the offense, preventing any chance of a comeback.

Said Rodriguez: “Too many fly balls.”

Notes: Bob Wheatley and Max Almonte each pitched two scoreless innings of relief for State College on Monday night. … Hudson Valley finished with 13 hits. … Jackson was the St. Louis Cardinals’ 14th-round pick out of Tennessee in this year’s MLB Draft. … The Spikes finish their series against Hudson Valley at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. Right-hander Bryan Dobzanski is set to start on the mound for State College, while right-hander Spencer Moran will start for Hudson Valley.

Ryne Gery: 814-231-4679, @rgery

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