The State College Spikes capitalized on the Batavia Muckdogs’ miscues en route to a 8-4 win Thursday night at Dwyer Stadium.
In a decisive five-run third inning, the Spikes scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch, added a run on a passed ball and scored two more runs on an error. State College also scored three runs in the first inning on a pair of errors on the same play.
Danny Martin finished 3 for 4 and Vince Jackson scored two runs to lead the Spikes (4-3) offensively.
State College starting pitcher Carson Cross allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings to earn the win.
Batavia starting pitcher Ryan McKay allowed six runs (three earned) and three hits in 2 1/3 innings to take the loss. McKay also gave up four walks.
The Muckdogs made four errors in their seventh straight loss to start the season.
State College’s Jose Martinez drew a walk, Dylan Tice doubled and Jackson was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out in the top of the first inning.
Batavia catcher Pablo Garcia then committed two errors on the ensuing play — missing a catch and making an errant throw — to allow three runs to score.
The Muckdogs tied the game after Jhonny Santos’ RBI double in the first and Isaiah White’s two-run triple in the second.
But Batavia’s mistake-filled third inning helped the Spikes build a five-run lead.
Jackson led off the inning with a single, stole second and moved to third on a groundout. Ryan McCarvel worked a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch by McKay. Another wild pitch by the Muckdogs starting pitcher allowed Jackson to score to give his team a 4-3 lead.
After walking Jeremy Martinez, Aneury Osoria replaced McKay on the mound.
With Anthony Ray at the plate, McCarvel scored on a passed ball. Ray was then hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second.
Martin followed with an RBI double, and a fielding error by Batavia first baseman Joseph Chavez allowed two runs to score to push State College’s lead to 8-3.
The Spikes finish their series against Batavia at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Right-handed pitcher Steven Farinaro (0-0, 6.43 ERA) will be on the mound for State College, and right-hander Jose Diaz (0-1, 37.80) will get the start for Batavia.