State College Spikes

Spikes sweep Lake Monsters on the road

From CDT staff reports

State College Spikes pitcher Carson Cross earned the win Monday against Vermont and improved to 4-3 on the season.
State College Spikes pitcher Carson Cross earned the win Monday against Vermont and improved to 4-3 on the season. Centre Daily Times, file

A four-run fifth inning propelled the State College Spikes past the Vermont Lake Monsters on Monday night.

The Spikes earned a 4-2 win and the series sweep with the effort.

Vermont struck first in the bottom of the second inning when Jarrett Costa singled off Spikes pitcher Carson Cross to send in Miguel Mercedes.

But Cross held firm for the next few, allowing the Lake Monsters no more runs and giving up just three hits in five innings pitched. Cross earned the win and improved to 4-3 on the season.

In the fifth, Ricardo Bautista plated the Spikes’ first run off a fielder’s choice from third base. With the bases loaded, Anthony Ray hit a single that sent in Danny Hudzina. A Vermont throwing error sent in two more Spikes’ runners.

Mercedes belted a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth for Vermont, but lefty reliever Brady Bowen held on for his sixth save of the season.

State College (35-15) returns to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Tuesday to host West Virginia at 7:05 p.m.

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