A five-run fourth inning keyed an 8-2 State College Spikes win over the Batavia Muckdogs on Tuesday afternoon to salvage a split of a doubleheader at Dwyer Stadium.
The Muckdogs took the opening game of the day 4-1, as State College (25-13) took 2 of 3 games in the series and maintained the New York-Penn League’s best record and the Pinckney Division lead.
Mick Fennel keyed the win in the nightcap with a 3 for 4 game including an RBI double, as every starter reached base in the 12-hit attack as the teams played a pair of seven-inning contests.
John Kilichowski and Harley Holt combined on the five-hitter, with Holt (1-0) earning the win. Kilichowski struck out six over 4 2/3 innings.
Travis Neubeck (1-3) took the loss.
The Spikes sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth inning to take command. Riley Drongesen started the scoring with an RBI single, followed by Fennell’s RBI double and a two-run single for Tommy Edman and a run-scoring single for Ryan McCarvel.
State College also put two runs across in the second inning on a Ricardo Bautista RBI groundout and a single from Drongesen to score one run. A McCarvel RBI single plated the final run in the sixth.
Back-to-back doubles for Branden Barry and Alex Jones gave the Muckdogs (8-30) a run in the fourth, and Samuel Castro raced home on a passed ball in the fifth for their other run.
The Spikes collected eight hits but managed only one run in the opening game, with two hits each for Edman and Bautista. Elier Rodriguez doubled to lead off the seventh, with pinch-runner Fennell scoring on a Bautista single for the team’s only run.
Dewin Perez (2-2) scattered five hits over five innings in the loss. Shane Sawczak (1-0), the second of four pitchers, tossed one inning and earned the win. Starter Jose Diaz retired the first nine batters he faced and gave up two hits over four innings.
J.J. Gould was 2 for 3 with three RBIs for the Muckdogs. He had a two-run double in the first inning and an RBI single in the second. Isaiah White doubled and scored on an Aaron Knapp single in the second.
The Spikes take Wednesday off before starting a three-game series with the Williamsport Crosscutters. The teams meet at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at Bowman Field, with right-hander Carson Cross (2-3) pitching for State College against Williamsport left-hander Bailey Falter (1-3). The teams then battle twice more at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Friday and Saturday.