The State College Spikes are sad to say goodbye to western New York.
The Spikes pounded out 11 hits and drubbed the Batavia Muckdogs for the third game in a row 10-3 Friday night at Dwyer Stadium.
State College (5-3) throttled Batavia (0-7) over the three-game New York-Penn League series 29-8. The offensive erruption followed shutouts at the hands of Hudson Valley in the two games before the road trip began.
Steven Farinaro (1-0) pitched six solid innings for the win, allowing five hits, two walks and three runs, with only one earned, while striking out one. Bob Wheatley pitched three innings of shutout relief, giving up two hits and a walk to earn his first save.
Wheatley’s brother, Brent, joined the Muckdogs earlier in the day but did not pitch.
Batavia struggled defensively, making four errors, and has been outscored 60-14 this season.
Ricardo Bautista powered the offense with a 3 for 5 night, ripping a pair of doubles and knocking in three runs. Danny Martin also doubled, Anthony Ray had two hits and two RBIs and Vincent Jackson also had a pair of hits for the winners.
The Spikes got all the scoring they needed with a six-run third inning, using six hits, a passed ball and two Muckdog errors. The frame began with a leadoff single by Tommy Edman. The shortstop later scored on an error on a ball hit by Josh Swirchak. That was followed by a RBI singles from Jackson and Jeremy Martinez, a two-run, ground-rule double from Bautista and an RBI bunt single for Ray as State College sent 10 batters to the plate.
Jordan Holloway didn’t make it out of the third inning an took the loss
The Spikes pushed another run across in the fifth when Bautista doubled and scored on a two-out single by Ray, and added two more in the sixth on a Martinez sacrifice fly and an RBI single from Bautista.
Another run touched the plate in the seventh on a double by Martin.
The Muckdogs struck first when Corey Bird picked up his first professional hit and scored on a Jhonny Santos groundout in the first inning. Bird also scored on a wild pitch in the sixth, followed by an Isaiah White RBI single for the team’s final runs of the night.
The Spikes stay on the road for the rest of the weekend, beginning a three-game series at the West Virginia Black Bears starting at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. While the Muckdogs are winless, the Bears are off to a 6-2 start to the season.