State College Spikes

Williamsport Crosscutters edge State College Spikes to avoid sweep

The State College Spikes couldn’t finish the sweep.

The Spikes allowed three runs in the fifth inning and fell 3-2 to the Williamsport Crosscutters on Friday night at Bowman Field. State College (39-20) still owns the best record in the New York-Penn League and holds a 7 1/2 game lead over second-place Williamsport (31-27) in the Pinckney Division standings.

Williamsport starting pitcher Cole Irvin allowed two runs and three hits in five innings to earn the win, and Blake Quinn allowed one hit in four scoreless innings to pick up the save.

Spikes reliever Jordan DeLorenzo took the loss, allowing one run on four hits while striking out seven and walking none in 3 2/3 innings.

State College jumped out to a 2-0 lead after Jeremy Martinez’s two-run double in the top of the fourth inning.

But the Spikes pitching staff couldn’t maintain the lead.

State College starting pitcher Greg Tomchick gave up a one-out double to Evan Rogers and a single to Luis Espiritu Jr. before being replaced by DeLorenzo in the bottom of the fifth.

After DeLorenzo allowed a one-run single to Williamsport’s Jesus Alastre, he struck out Henri Lartigue.

But he couldn’t escape.

Crosscutters center fielder David Martinelli followed with a two-run single to left field to give his team the lead.

The Spikes threatened in the top of the ninth, putting runners on second and third with one out.

But State College’s Bladimil Franco and Elier Rodriguez both struck out to end the game.

The Spikes begin a three-game series at Mahoning Valley at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.