STATE COLLEGE - Tyler Gaffney doubled and Alex Fuselier delivered two hits and two RBIs, but the State College Spikes were overpowered by a four-run fifth inning by the Brooklyn Cyclones in a 7-4 defeat on Monday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
State College (14-14) fell behind in the second inning after Brooklyn's (18-10) Dimas Ponce singled to bring in Stefan Sabol with the game's first run. However, the Spikes answered right back with a run in the third inning to tie the game. Gaffney drove a two-out, two-base hit down the left-field line and emergency catcher David Valesente knocked him in with a single.
The Spikes also suffered a setback early when catcher Ryan Hornback left the game in the second inning after being struck in the lower midsection by a foul tip, bringing Valesente into the game for his first action behind the plate with State College.
Sentinel photo by STEVE?MANUEL
State College’s Jacob Stallings slides into second base to try and break up a double play as Brooklyn’s Richie Rodriguez throws to first Monday night in State College.
Fuselier was the only Spike with multiple hits, while D.J. Crumlich contributed a double.
State College reliever Tom Harlan (2-4) took the loss after being tagged with all four of Brooklyn's fifth-inning runs.