State College Spikes

Lowell pays back State College with rout of its own

The Spikes couldn’t have asked for a better start.

After taking the first pitch, switch-hitting leadoff man Tommy Edman clocked the second offering of the game for a solo home run over the right field wall.

Within seconds, State College had an early advantage.

Things were looking up — until the third inning happened.

Lowell (19-12) exploded for six runs in the bottom of the third, enough to bury the Spikes (20-11) in a 9-2 win on Monday night at Edward A. LeLacheur Park.

State College starter Bryan Dobzanski breezed through the first two innings, going 1-2-3 in the first and allowing only one hit in the second.

But he couldn’t carry that over into the third.

Dobzanski, the losing pitcher, walked Nick Sciortino and allowed a bunt single to Steven Reveles after Victor Acosta reached first on an error to lead off the inning.

Bases loaded, no outs, and Chris Madera wasted little time making his mark. He took two balls then unleashed on a ball in the strike zone, hitting a grand slam over the left-center field wall.

The Spinners weren’t finished.

Ryan Scott and Jerry Downs singled, followed by an RBI single by Carlos Tovar to score Scott. Next up was Yoan Aybar, who grounded out but plated Downs in the process.

Ten batters, five hits and one grand slam later, it was 6-1.

Lowell tacked on a couple more in the fourth frame, too. A two-run single by Tyler Hill scored Sciortino and Reveles to inflate the Spinners’ lead to 8-1.

State College mustered one run in the sixth inning, as Ryan McCarvel scored Jose Martinez on a sacrifice fly, but the Spikes couldn’t string anything else together.

State College recorded 11 hits, but was 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base. Additionally, State College catcher Jeremy Martinez couldn’t extend his seven-game hitting streak.

On the hill, Dobzanski (2-3) finished with an ugly line, allowing eight runs (six earned) on nine hits with one walk and zero strikeouts through 3 1/3 innings. Max Almonte did well in relief, giving up one run in three innings out of the bullpen.

For Lowell, starter Daniel Gonzalez (4-1) earned the win. The 20-year-old right-hander struck out five and surrendered two runs on seven hits in six innings of work.

State College closes out its three-game series at Lowell on Tuesday before returning home for three games against Auburn, starting Thursday.