The State College Spikes opened a three-game series against the Batavia Muckdogs Monday night at Batavia's Dwyer Stadium. It was State College's first true road trip of the season, and 2011 seventh-rounder Jake Burnette, a 6-foot-4 prep right-hander from Georgia, was on the mound. Like most of their games early in the season, the Spikes (6-2) utilized solid situational hitting and a plethora of singles to seize a 7-4 win over the Muckdogs (3-5). State College finished with 11 hits, including 10 singles and a double from shortstop Chris Diaz.
In his second start of the season, Burnette was consistent with his velocity through the first three innings. He sat 88-90 mph with his fastball, 76-79 with his curveball (which he threw only a small number of times), and 81-84 with...
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