State College Spikes

Jackson powers Spikes over Doubledays

After completing a three-game sweep at home, the Spikes carried over their success to the road.

Guided by Vince Jackson’s four RBIs, State College powered past Auburn 8-3 on Wednesday night at Falcon Park.

The Spikes (31-14) have won seven of their last eight games and are 6-1 against the Doubledays (19-26) this year.

Jackson had a monster night at the plate, going 3 for 5 with two doubles and a single.

The No. 3 hitter inflicted early damage with his first two-bagger of the game in the top of the first inning. Jackson doubled to right field, scoring Andy Young.

While it was nice to get quick breathing room, Auburn answered with a run in the bottom of the second frame, and State College didn’t score again until the sixth.

But in the sixth inning, it was Jackson again. The outfielder doubled on a line drive to center field, scoring Young and Tommy Edman.

Danny Martin followed Jackson up in the seventh inning with an RBI single up the middle, and a pair of run-scoring singles by Elier Rodriguez and Ricardo Bautista in the eighth gave State College a 6-1 advantage.

Jackson’s RBI single and Ryan McCarvel’s run-scoring double play in the ninth inning polished the evening off.

It was an explosive performance by the Spikes. Four Spikes — Jackson, Edman, Young and Bautista — had multi-hit games.

But while their bats went silent in the middle innings, Steven Farinaro’s pitching kept the Doubledays at bay. Farinaro (6-0) earned the win after tossing 7 2/3 innings. He allowed nine hits and a trio of earned runs while striking out three.

It was Farinaro’s fifth quality start of the 2016 campaign.

Meanwhile, Auburn reliever A.J. Bogucki (0-4) was the losing pitcher. The 6-foot-3 right-hander allowed three earned runs in two innings of work.

State College continues its three-game set with Auburn at 7:05 p.m. Thursday. The Spikes will look to secure their sixth consecutive series win.

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