State College Spikes

Martinez’s inside-the-park home run propels Spikes to blowout win

Jeremy Martinez became the fifth player in State College Spikes history to hit an inside-the-park home run Sunday.

It was the first home run of Martinez’s professional career.

And it highlighted a five-run fifth inning as the Spikes rolled to a 11-2 win over Vermont at Centennial Field. State College (34-15) pounded out 15 hits on its way to its seventh win in eight games.

State College’s Jordan Hicks turned in an efficient night on the mound, allowing two runs (one earned) in 5 1/3 innings to earn the win. Vermont starter Xavier Altamirano allowed six runs (five earned) and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings to take the loss.

Martinez and Yariel Gonzalez both finished 3 for 5 with three RBIs to lead the team’s big day at the plate. State College’s Ryan McCarvel went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, and right fielder Ricardo Bautista was 2 for 5 with two RBIs.

After Vermont (19-30) sliced State College’s lead to 3-2 in the fourth, the Spikes built what proved to be an insurmountable lead in the fifth.

Vince Jackson drew a one-out walk and Ryan McCarvel singled to set the stage for Martinez. He sent a fly ball to right field and came around to score for a three-run inside-the-park home run, joining teammate Danny Martin on the list of Spikes to accomplish the feat. Martin hit his inside-the-park home run last July in a win over Connecticut.

Martinez’s homer gave the Spikes a 6-2 lead.

Bautista’s RBI triple and Gonzalez’s RBI single capped State College’s scoring in the fifth inning.

The duo added to the Spikes’ lead in the seventh.

Bautista singled to left field to drive in Martinez, and Gonzalez followed with a two-run double to right field to make it 11-2.

The Spikes finish their series against Vermont at 7:05 p.m. Monday.