State College Spikes

Spikes hold off Lowell

Already on a six-game hitting streak, Spikes catcher Jeremy Martinez wasted no time making it seven.

With two outs in the top of the first inning, Martinez laced the sixth pitch of his at-bat up the middle and into center field, plating two and breaking in the scoreboard.

Little by little, the Spikes kept it going.

State College (20-10) won 7-4 against Lowell (18-12) on Sunday evening at Edward A. LeLacheur Park.

Spikes starter Ronnie Williams earned the win, while Lowell’s Kevin Steen was the losing pitcher.

Williams (4-1) struck out four and allowed only one run — a solo home run — and four hits in six innings of work. Steen, meanwhile, surrendered five runs in 4 2/3 innings.

At the plate, Martinez was one of seven Spikes to tally a hit. State College shortstop Jose Martinez led all hitters, going 4 for 4 with a double and three singles. Spikes third baseman Danny Hudzina also chipped in three hits.

After Jeremy Martinez’s two-run hit in the first inning and State College tacked on a run in the second, the Spikes added two more in both the fifth and seventh innings.

In the fifth, Vince Jackson doubled to score Jose Martinez, and one of Hudzina’s singles later scored Jackson. Two frames later, Jeremy Martinez scored on a wild pitch, and Mick Fennell’s ground ball single plated Elier Rodriguez.

The Spinners tried to make a late run, though. After scoring one in the eighth, Lowell plated two in the bottom of the ninth, cutting State College’s advantage to three.

However, right-hander Eric Carter entered in relief for the final batter, inducing a three-pitch flyout to end the game.

In total, State College recorded 12 hits, had five two-out RBIs, and finished 5 for 16 with runners in scoring position. In addition, the Spikes stole two bases — one by Jackson, his seventh of the season, and one by Hudzina, his first.

State College continues its series at Lowell at 7:05 p.m. Monday.