NILES, OH – Adalberto Santos tripled in Gift Ngoepe with the game’s only run in the sixth inning, and a trio of State College Spikes pitchers combined for a historic shutout as the Spikes defeated the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 1-0, on Sunday evening at Eastwood Field.
The win marked the first back-to-back shutouts for a Spikes (19-18) pitching staff in team history. Casey Sadler, Brooks Pounders (2-2), and Jhonathan Ramos (1) each went three innings to earn the third shutout victory of the year for State College. Sadler allowed four hits, Pounders two in the win and Ramos two in the save as the three combined for four strikeouts and zero walks to extend the Spikes’ team record shutout string to 22 innings, following a 7-0 win over Auburn on Saturday.
Ngoepe was the only Spike to get two hits, including the ground-rule double that preceded Santos’s go-ahead triple. State College was held to four hits as a team by Mahoning Valley (14-23) starter Alex Kaminsky (4-2) and two relievers.
The Scrappers threatened in the first inning with runners on second and third, and did so again in the ninth inning when Geovanny Urshela led off with a ground-rule double, but could not plate a run on either occasion.
The win was also the seventh 1-0 victory in franchise history for State College, and the first since July 31, 2009, when the Spikes topped Auburn at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. State College has never lost a 1-0 game.
The Spikes’ Matt Curry saw his 21-game on-base streak, the longest currently active on-base streak in the New York-Penn League heading into the game, snapped by going 0-for-4.
Kaminsky took the loss, even after allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out two over six innings.
Monday, the Spikes finish their two-game excursion with a 7:05 p.m. matchup against the Scrappers at Eastwood Field. State College will send right-hander Zack Von Rosenberg (1-5) to the mound to face Mahoning Valley left-hander Michael Rayl (0-3).
Fans can catch all of the action on the Spikes Radio Network and flagship station 95.3 FM 3WZ starting at 6:50 p.m. with the Spikes GameDay Show live from Eastwood Field.
The Spikes’ radio broadcast can also be heard worldwide through the “Listen Live” link on StateCollegeSpikes.com, provided by 95.3 FM 3WZ.