State College Spikes

Jackson’s homer lifts Spikes to win over Spinners

Vince Jackson achieved a personal milestone Tuesday night.

The State College Spikes center fielder hit the first home run of his professional career, a three-run shot that proved to be the difference in a 4-2 win over the Lowell Spinners at LeLacheur Park.

Jackson and Elier Rodriguez each finished 2 for 4 to pace State College (21-11) offensively.

Spikes relief pitcher Gerwuins Velazco pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win, and Eric Carter picked up the save.

State College couldn’t get anything going against Lowell starting pitcher Brian Johnson.

Johnson allowed three hits and struck out six in six scoreless innings.

The Spinners (19-13) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning with some help from Spikes starting pitcher Dewin Perez.

Lowell’s Chris Madera singled and advanced to second and third on a pair of wild pitches. He then scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Scott.

The Spikes managed just three hits in the first seven innings and Lowell maintained its 1-0 lead going into the eighth.

Mick Fennell got the inning started with a one-out double to right field. After Tommy Edman drew a walk, Jose Martinez struck out swinging to bring Jackson to the plate with two outs.

Jackson has power potential — he tied for the team lead at Tennessee with eight home runs this past spring, and he has six doubles and three triples this season for the Spikes.

He added a home run to his season totals, drill a shot to right-center field to give the Spikes a 3-1 lead.

State College added a run in the ninth on an RBI single by Ricardo Bautista.

Carter then gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth before getting a strikeout to end the game.

The Spikes, who have off Wednesday, open a three-game home series against Auburn at 7:05 p.m. Thursday.