From staff reports
STATE COLLEGE - Cody Schumacher pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings and allowed just one hit for his first professional win as the Spikes topped the Brooklyn Cyclones, 4-1, on Thursday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Schumacher (1-0), the St. Louis Cardinals' 36th-round draft choice this year out of Missouri State, faced the minimum 15 batters through the first five innings, then yielded two walks before leaving the mound. Tomas Nido's third-inning single was the only Brooklyn (15-12) hit against Schumacher, but the righty forced a double play one batter later to end the inning.
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State College's Brian O'Keefe takes a cut a Brooklyn pitch during the Spikes' contest against the Cyclones Thursday evening at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
The St. Louis, MO native also struck out seven over his time on the mound as the Spikes (19-8) recorded 12 strikeouts as a staff on the night.
State College bolstered Schumacher's efforts with timely offense. Nick Thompson doubled in the second inning, and scored the game's first run on Jake Stone's RBI single. In the fifth, the Spikes scored three times, with Robelys Reyes's triple starting the surge. Reyes crossed the plate on Danny Diekroeger's sacrifice fly to center, then Alex De Leon's single led to Rowan Wick's RBI double.
Wick upped his RBI total to a New York-Penn League-leading 31 in the Spikes' first 27 games.
Thompson drove in the last Spikes run with an infield single to score Wick, part of a three-hit performance on the night. Darren Seferina also collected two hits, including a double, for State College.
Trey Nielsen tossed 2 1/3 innings of relief and allowed the Cyclones' only run on one hit while striking out three. Joe Scanio (1) earned the save in his first appearance for the Spikes with a perfect ninth inning.
Brooklyn starter Casey Meisner (0-2) took the loss after yielding three runs on six hits, two walks and a hit batsman. Meisner struck out six over 4 2/3 innings of work.
Tyler Moore scored the only Cyclones run in the eighth after tripling to lead off the frame and crossing the plate on Nido's groundout.
Friday, the Spikes and Cyclones complete their three-game series with a 7:05 p.m. matchup at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. State College will send left-hander Austin Gomber (0-1) to the mound, while Brooklyn will go with left-hander Carlos Valdez (2-1).