Spikes Earn 6-4 Win To Sweep Scrappers



NILES, OH – The State College Spikes saw their team-record scoreless innings streak snapped at 28, but received three hits each from Cole White and Matt Curry to earn a 6-4 win over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Monday night at Eastwood Field.

State College (20-18) held Mahoning Valley (14-24) off of the scoreboard for the first six innings behind four three-hit innings from Zack Von Rosenberg and two more shutout frames from Zack Dodson (1-2). Dodson would go on to allow an unearned run in the seventh inning on a RBI groundout by Justin Toole to break the scoreless string, but earned his first professional victory to help State College sweep the two-game set from Mahoning Valley.

White provided the Spikes’ offense with a boost, going 3-for-3 and knocking in three insurance runs in the late innings. Curry rebounded from seeing his 21-game on-base streak broken on Sunday night to go 3-for-3 and score a pair of runs.

The Spikes got on the board first in the fifth inning thanks to a two-run double by Mel Rojas, Jr. In the sixth, after White’s first RBI single, Chase Lyles took home on a delayed double steal to bump the lead to 4-0.

Dodson did not allow a hit in his winning effort, but walked four batters and struck out one. Jason Townsend (2) picked up the save with a one-run ninth inning.

The win was State College’s third in a row on the road, the longest winning streak away from Medlar Field at Lubrano Park for the Spikes this season.

After an off day on Tuesday, the Spikes re-enter SawBuck Series play against the Williamsport Crosscutters with a 7:05 p.m game on Wednesday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. State College will begin the series with left-hander Colton Cain (0-0) on the mound for his second start with the Spikes. Cain retired the first nine batters he faced in his first start on Thursday. Williamsport will counter with right-hander David Buchanan (1-0), who earned his first win of the year on Thursday over Mahoning Valley.

It’s a Half-Price Wednesday at the park, presented by Froggy 101, with half-price Outfield Bleacher tickets, half-price specials on selected domestic beers from 6-8 p.m., and half-price specials on medium sodas all game long. Plus, the first 1,000 fans of all ages will receive Spikes Golf Umbrellas courtesy of Boyles Insurance Agency, and fans can participate in Mystery at the Ballpark Night. The sleuths who solve the caper presented at the beginning of the game will win Bullpen Box ticket vouchers.

For ticket information, visit the Medlar Field at Lubrano Park Box Office, call the Spikes at (814) 272-1711, or log on to StateCollegeSpikes.com.

Fans can catch all of the action on the Spikes Radio Network and flagship station 95.3 FM 3WZ starting at 6:35 p.m. with the Spikes GameDay Show live from the right field Fun Deck at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

The Spikes’ radio broadcast can also be heard worldwide through the “Listen Live” link on StateCollegeSpikes.com, provided by 95.3 FM 3WZ.

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