5-run ninth lifts State College past the Muckdogs
BATAVIA, N.Y. – The State College Spikes hit a team record tying five runs in the ninth inning to take a 7-2 win from the Batavia Muckdogs Sunday afternoon at Dwyer Stadium.
The Spikes (7-6) matched a record set on August 8, 2011 against Jamestown as they brought ten batters to the plate in the final frame. Steven Ramos delivered a two-run double to plate the tie-breaking runs, and three additional hits combined with two errors, a walk and a hit batsman increased the Spikes’ cushion.
Cesar Valera collected a pair of hits, including a triple. Mason Katz, Adam Lewis and Matthew Young also put together multiple-hit games, with all three collecting a double as well. Five of the Spikes’ 11 hits went for extra bases.
Reliever Kyle Webb (1-0) earned his first professional victory in relief for State College, logging 2 2/3 shutout innings and allowing just two hits and an intentional walk. Webb added three strikeouts in the effort.
Starter Chris Perry went 5 1/3 innings for State College, allowing two runs on three hits, two walks and one hit batsman. Perry struck out a season-high five in the no decision.
Batavia (6-6) reliever Robert Ravago (1-1) came on in the ninth and took the loss after yielding all five State College runs in the inning. Ravago gave up a total of five hits and two walks while hitting one batter.
J.T. Riddle collected a pair of doubles for the Muckdogs, while Ryan Aper gave the Muckdogs the lead in the third with a two-run triple.
The Spikes will return to Central Pa. and complete their six-game road trip on Monday with a 7:05 p.m. matchup at Historic Bowman Field against the Williamsport Crosscutters.