Spikes stretch division lead on record night

STATE COLLEGE – David Washington set a new franchise record as he recorded his 45th RBI of the year, and the State College Spikes matched their previous high water mark for wins in a season as they topped the Auburn Doubledays, 9-3, on Friday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

State College (39-23) extended its winning streak to eight games, and with Jamestown’s loss, increased its lead in the New York-Penn League’s Pinckney Division to two games. The Spikes’ 39th win of the year also allowed them to equal the inaugural 2006 team atop the single-season wins list with 13 games remaining this season.

Washington’s sixth-inning double knocked in Steven Ramos and allowed him to surpass Nathan Southard’s 2006 total of 44 RBI. The All-Star first baseman leads the league in RBI as well, with Harold Ramirez of Jamestown second at 37 RBI.

Steven Ramos, the NYPL’s batting leader, upped his average to .358 with a 3-for-5 night in which he finished just a home run shy of the cycle. Ramos drove in a run and scored two on the game.

Carson Kelly went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored one night after a four-hit game against Williamsport.

Matthew Young added a three-run homer for the Spikes, his first at home this season, in the seventh inning to complete the State College scoring. Michael Schulze also produced a big hit as he tripled to right-center field to plate two runs in the fifth as part of a three-hit performance.

The Spikes’ 14-hit offensive outburst gave Nick Petree (3-1) plenty of cushion with which to work, and the right-hander delivered with his longest outing as a professional to earn the win. Petree went seven innings and gave up just one run on three hits while striking out three. The Missouri State product retired 19 of the first 20 batters he faced.

Auburn (22-41) scored its only run against Petree on Bryan Lippincott’s solo home run to right field in the seventh inning. Lippincott drove in all of the Doubledays’ runs on the evening.

John Simms (0-2) started for Auburn and took the loss after allowing two runs on six hits while striking out one. Simms also hit two batters in his outing.

The Spikes and Doubledays meet again on Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game series at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The 7:05 p.m. matchup will pit State College left-hander Jimmy Reed (3-2) against Auburn right-hander Ryan Ullmann (1-2).