Ryan McCarvel was struggling a bit.
In six games with State College this season, the 21-year-old California native had just three hits in 18 at-bats and a .167.
Saturday night gave him a little boost.
McCarvel led the Spikes at the plate with a home run and double, guiding State College (6-3) to a 5-2 win over West Virginia (6-3) at Monongalia County Ballpark. The win starts a three-game series with the Black Bears, and pushes State College’s win streak to four straight after sweeping Batavia.
Even though West Virgina got out in front with a run in the bottom of the first inning, it was all State College from there.
The Spikes recorded three runs in the top of the second, and it started with McCarvel’s double to center field. McCarvel scored on a balk.
Later in the frame, a Tommy Edman RBI single plated Chris Rivera, and moments later Anthony Ray also scored on a balk making it 3-1.
In the top of the fourth, Edman doubled to left, scoring Ty Moore for his second RBI of the night and fifth of the season.
For added insurance, McCarvel’s solo home run in the fifth inning gave the Spikes a 5-1 advantage. It was McCarvel’s first homer of the season and fifth of his minor-league career.
On the hill, Ronnie Williams earned the win for State College. Williams (1-1) threw seven innings, surrendered five hits and one unearned run, and struck out four.
The losing pitcher, Matt Anderson, lasted only 1 2/3 innings due to an injury. He walked two, struck out three, and allowed two earned runs.
The Spikes face West Virginia at 4:05 p.m. Sunday.