STATE COLLEGE – Matt Curry set a new State College Spikes record by walking four times in one game, but Kramer Sneed and Mike Gipsoncombined to hold the Spikes to just one hit as the Staten Island Yankees took a 10-0 decision at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Wednesday night.
Curry’s four bases on balls broke a Spikes (22-24) record held by several different players, with teammate Adalberto Santos being the last State College player to receive three free passes in one game.
Sneed and Gipson (3-1) kept the rest of the Spikes’ offense at bay, however, allowing just a single by Kelson Brown in the third inning. The State College hit total was also a lowest for a single game in team history.
Gift Ngoepe walked for a league-leading 31st time in the game and stole his tenth base of the season to become the first Spike to double digits in that category.
State College starter Tyler Waldron (2-4) took the loss after allowing five runs, two earned, on five hits and a walk over five innings. Waldron also struck out two in the defeat.
Gipson picked up the victory for Staten Island (21-21) in relief after yielding just two walks and striking out four over five innings. The right-hander was originally scheduled to start Wednesday’s game, but was shifted to a relief role before game time. Sneed took over the start and allowed the Spikes’ lone hit plus two walks while striking out six in four innings of work.
Eduardo Sosa went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and three runs batted in for Staten Island, which had five players collect multiple hits and four with multiple RBI’s.
Thursday, the Spikes meet the Yankees in the second game of their three-game series at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. State College will go with right-hander Zack Von Rosenberg (1-5) on the mound. Von Rosenberg has not allowed an earned run in his last ten innings and put up a 2.57 ERA in the month of July. Staten Island will send right-hander Zachary Varce (0-4) to the hill.
Kids 12 and under eat for free at the ballpark on Thursday thanks to Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, as each kid will receive a voucher good for a free hot dog, chips and soda. The first 1,000 kids ages 12 and under will also receive a Roberto Clemente Kids Activity Book presented by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and fans can bring new and used baseball equipment in good condition to the Roberto’s Kids Baseball Equipment Collection. Plus, it’s Baseball History Night and Bald Eagle Area Community Night.
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.