State College Spikes

Connecticut Tigers shut down State College Spikes

The State College Spikes had their offense shut down Tuesday night.

A quartet of Connecticut Tigers pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout in a 2-0 victory at Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium.

The loss ended a four-game win streak for State College (18-7), who still have the best record in the New York-Penn League.

The Spikes entered the game having scored 133 runs this season, an average of 5.5 runs per game, which was second-best in league.

But Connecticut shut them down with pitchers Austin Sodders, Oswaldo Castillo, Joe Navilhon and Mark Ecker. They combined for eight strikeouts and only one walk, giving State College just three baserunners all night. Castillo (1-0) picked up the win and Ecker earned his third save of the year.

The Tiger hurlers had a no-hitter until Danny Hudzina’s double in the sixth inning. Hudzina was advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt — the only Spike to reach third all night — but was stranded there.

A Jeremy Martinez double was the only other Spike hit.

The Tiger pitching effort overshadowed solid work on the mound for State College. Bryan Dobsanski (2-2) gave up six hits and three walks with three strikeouts over five innings for the loss, while relievers Jordan DeLorenzo and Robby Rowland pitched shutout relief.

The Tigers put their first run across home plate in the second inning, as Blaise Salter doubled to left field, off the glove of third baseman Hudzina, and scored on a Josh Lester single.

Connecticut added its other run in the fifth when Mario Sanjur led off with a single and later scored on a Cole Baumi sacrifice fly to center field.

The teams close the three-game series extra early Wednesday, with first pitch at 11:05 a.m. Left-hander Dewin Perez (2-0, 1.10 ERA) will be on the mound for the Spikes to face Tigers right-hander Kyke Funkhouser (0-0, 6.43). State College will then return home to begin a three-game series with Mahoning Valley on Thursday.

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