Spikes split with Tigers

STATE COLLEGE – The State College Spikes used four straight hits in the fifth inning to take the lead before the rain moved in and ended the game early, giving the Spikes a 4-2 win in five innings over the Connecticut Tigers on Monday afternoon at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Despite State College (18-15) still being at bat with no outs when the game was called in the bottom of the fifth, the Spikes were awarded the victory per Rule 4.10 (c)(2), since both teams had come to bat five times and State College had outscored Connecticut.

The game was halted right after Carson Kelly produced an RBI single to increase the Spikes’ lead. Kelly had another big game for the Spikes, going 2-for-3 with two runs batted in after notching three hits in the game that was completed earlier on Monday.

David Washington also went 2-for-3, and his RBI single in the bottom of the fifth gave State College the lead. Bruce Caldwell also notched a pair of hits before Mason Katz pinch-hit for him in the fifth and added another single.

The Tigers had a 2-0 lead after an inning-and-a-half, but the Spikes fought back with Jimmy Bosco’s run-scoring single in the second and Kelly’s first RBI single in the third.

Willy Paulino (2-1) earned the win for State College with a five-inning complete game, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six.

The Spikes’ win enabled them to take the series victory.

Connecticut 5, Spikes 2

STATE COLLEGE – Carson Kelly picked up three hits for the third time in four games, but three solo homers and a Ben Verlander double spelled defeat for the State College Spikes in a 6-4 loss to the Connecticut Tigers on Monday in the completion of Sunday night’s game at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

The game, which was stopped on Sunday due to heavy rain and thunderstorms in the middle of the fifth inning, resumed with State College batting in the bottom of the fourth inning. Connecticut added to the lead with a solo home run by Brett Harrison in the seventh inning, and Verlander’s two-base hit in the eighth plated two more runs.

Kelly, who notched back-to-back three-hit games on Thursday and Friday, collected another trio with an RBI double to bring in the Spikes’ first run in the fourth inning on Sunday. Matthew Young also added an RBI double in the seventh inning for State College.

Spikes starter Arturo Reyes (0-1) took the loss after allowing solo home runs to Austin Schotts in the first inning and Tyler Gibson in the third. Reyes yielded a total of three hits over four innings of work.