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Spikes sweep West Virginia, extend winning streak to 6 games

The State College Spikes beat the West Virginia Black Bears 6-1 at Monongalia County Ballpark on Monday, completing their second straight series sweep and extending their winning streak to six games.
The State College Spikes beat the West Virginia Black Bears 6-1 at Monongalia County Ballpark on Monday, completing their second straight series sweep and extending their winning streak to six games. Centre Daily Times, file

The State College Spikes completed a perfect road trip Monday night.

The Spikes beat the West Virginia Black Bears 6-1 at Monongalia County Ballpark, completing their second straight series sweep and extending their winning streak to six games.

Elier Rodriguez finished 2 for 3 with a two-run home run, and Tommy Edman went 2 for 5 with two RBIs to power the State College offense.

Stephan Meyer took the loss for West Virginia (6-5), allowing four runs (three earned) in 3  1/3 innings.

Spikes starting pitcher Dailyn Martinez allowed one run and five hits in six innings to earn the win. Martinez also struck out four and walked two.

State College (8-3) averaged 7.2 runs per game during its road trip, which started with a three-game sweep of Batavia.

Martinez put State College in a 1-0 hole early.

The right-hander walked West Virginia’s Kevin Krause with one out in the second inning. A pair of wild pitches allowed Krause to advance to second and third. With two outs, Krause scored on another wild pitch by Martinez to give his team the lead.

The Spikes answered with two runs in the top of the third inning, tying the game on an RBI single by Vince Jackson and taking the lead when Danny Martin scored on a fielding error by West Virginia.

State College added two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to build a five-run lead.

In the fourth, Edman lined a two-run single to left field with one out. In the fifth, Rodriguez hit a two-run home run to right-center field.

State College relievers John Kilichowski and Spencer Trayner combined to throw three scoreless innings to seal the win.

The Spikes start a six-game homestand at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday with their series opener against Brooklyn. Carson Cross (1-0, 5.40 ERA) will be on the mound for State College.

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