After eight batters, three hits, two walks and a throwing error, the Spikes needed to get out of the bottom of the eighth inning.
And eventually, they did.
Batavia made things interesting with five runs in the eighth, but State College held onto its lead, squeezing out an 8-6 victory over the Muckdogs on Sunday night at Dwyer Stadium.
For the Spikes (24-12), it was their fourth win in their last five games, while the Muckdogs (7-29) have lost their last four contests.
Bryan Dobzanski (3-3) earned the win for State College, allowing two hits and one run while striking out three in five innings of work. Batavia right-hander Ryan McKay was the losing pitcher, surrendering five runs (three earned) and a home run over 42/3 innings.
The homer belonged to Spikes designated hitter Danny Hudzina, who was 4 for 5 with three RBIs on a solo shot and two-run single. Vince Jackson, Ryan McCarvel, Jeremy Martinez and Matt Davis each drove in a run for the Spikes, as well.
Tommy Edman opened the scoring, crossing home on a wild pitch by McKay in the top of the first inning. Davis plated Martinez on a single in the second frame, and Hudzina hit his second home run of the season in the fourth.
State College tacked on two in the fifth inning — Jackson scored Edman on a sacrifice fly, and McCarvel singled to plate Andy Young. And the Spikes’ scoring was capped by a three-run seventh frame, highlighted by singles by Martinez and Hudzina.
The Muckdogs, however, turned the tide in the eighth. A two-run single by Corey Bird and a two-run double by Mike Garzillo, coupled with Garzillo scoring on a throwing error, cut State College’s advantage from seven to two runs.
But Eric Carter was able to bear down, get out of the inning, and then toss a clean ninth inning to secure State College’s win.
The Spikes continue their series at Batavia at 7:05 p.m. Monday.