State College Spikes

Williams leads State College Spikes to 5th straight win

Ronnie Williams put together another sharp outing Monday night.

The State College Spikes pitcher allowed one run and five hits in seven innings to lead his team to a 3-1 win over the Connecticut Tigers at Dodd Stadium. The right-hander also struck out three and walked two.

Williams is now 3-0 in his last four starts.

During that stretch, he has allowed five earned runs in 29 1/3 innings.

Jose Martinez, Dylan Tice and Jeremy Martinez each drove in runs to power the Spikes offense in the team’s fifth straight win.

Gregory Soto allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings to take the loss for the Tigers (15-9).

State College (18-6) got on the board with two runs in the fourth inning. Ryan McCarvel drew a one-out walk and scored on Tice’s double to left field. Tice advanced to third on a throwing error during the play before scoring on Jeremy Martinez’s sacrifice fly to push the Spikes ahead 2-0.

State College pushed its lead to 3-0 in the fifth.

Tommy Edman, who paced the team with two hits, doubled to center field with two outs. Jose Martinez followed with a single to left field to score Edman, extending his hitting streak to seven games.

Meanwhile, Williams was dominant on the mound.

After allowing a walk to Cole Bauml in the first inning, the Spikes pitcher retired 11 straight batters. The streak ended in the fifth inning when he hit Connecticut’s Daniel Pinero with a pitch.

The Tigers turned that mistake into their lone run.

After advancing to second on a groundout, Pinero scored on a single by Tanner Donnels.

Williams then escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth.

With two outs and one on, Connecticut’s Blaise Salteer singled and Pinero walked to load the bases. Williams got Josh Lester to ground out to end the inning with the Spikes still ahead 3-1.

The right-hander pitched a scoreless seventh to finish his night.

Brady Bowen struck out three in two scoreless innings to pick up his second save of the season.

The Spikes and Tigers continue their series Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Bryan Dobzanski (2-1, 2.00 ERA) is set to get the start for State College, while left-hander Austin Sodders (0-1, 2.16) will be on the mound for Connecticut.