Luis Heredia used his changeup to pitch four shutout innings in his debut earlier this week.

We've referred to State College as the "fastball academy" the last few years. But this year there's a new focus for Spikes pitchers: the changeup.

"We're just trying to teach these guys how to pitch," Spikes' pitching coach Justin Meccage said. "Mainly the changeup, and how important that changeup is in helping the fastball. We've concentrated fast/change, more heavily on the change this year than in the past. I think it's helping our guys. The pitch counts, you're seeing them down a little bit. You're seeing a lot more early contact. It's a nice thing to see."

The Spikes pitchers have seen good results this week. Luis Heredia went four shutout innings in his debut on Thursday, working mos...

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