For the second straight night, the State College Spikes gave up a ninth-inning lead against the Tri-City ValleyCats.
But after falling in extra innings Tuesday, the Spikes bounced back to finish the three-game series with 7-5 win in 11 innings Wednesday at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.
State College’s Anthony Ray drove in the game-winning run on a single in the top of the 11th, sparking a three-run inning en route to the victory. Spikes teammates Jose Martinez and Dylan Tice each added RBI singles in the decisive inning.
Martinez finished with three hits to pace the Spikes (14-6) offensively, and Tommy Edman hit the first home run of his professional career. State College reliever Eric Carter allowed one run in two innings to earn the win.
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Carlos Sierra allowed two runs in three innings of relief to take the loss for the ValleyCats (9-11).
Spikes starting pitcher Bryan Dobzanski allowed three runs (one earned) and six hits in seven innings.
Edman’s three-run home run gave the Spikes a 4-1 lead in the seventh inning.
Tri-City responded with two runs against Dobzanski in the bottom of the seventh.
The Spikes maintained that 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the ninth.
State College reliever Spencer Trayner got a lineout and a groundout to start the inning. But Tri-City’s Ryne Birk homered to right field to tie the game and force extra innings.
The Spikes broke through in the top of the 11th.
Elier Rodriguez drew a leadoff walk, and Josh Swirchak replaced him as a pinch-runner. Swirchak moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on Ryan McCarvel’s single.
Ray followed with a single to right field to score Swirchak and push his team ahead 5-4. The Spikes added two more runs and held on for the win.
Chuckie Robinson homered with one out in the bottom of the 11th to pull the ValleyCats within 7-5 before Carter recorded back-to-back strikeouts to seal the win.
The Spikes have off Thursday before starting a three-game home series against Auburn. The series opener is set for 7:05 p.m. Friday.