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Spikes Shutout For Second Night in a Row

Spikes Shutout For Second Night in a Row

Kingham struck out eight in five innings tonight.

The State College Spikes were shutout tonight 5-0, making it the second night in a row the offense was held without a run.  Also for the second night in a row, the Spikes were limited to three hits.  The difference between last night and tonight is that the State College starter gave the offense a chance to compete in the game.

Nick Kingham, the Pirates' 4th round pick from the 2010 draft, made his second start of the 2011 season tonight, after allowing five runs on six hits in three innings in his debut last Friday.  Things looked bad for Kingham in the first inning.  He allowed a few hard hit balls, giving up a run on three hits in the inning.

The right hander from Las Vegas settled down after that.  He allowed a single to lead off the second, then retired the next ten batters he saw, before allowing a hard hit ground rule double with one out in the fifth.  Kingham responded with two strikeouts, both on curveballs, giving him...

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