Spikes top Jamestown, cement position as division leader

STATE COLLEGE – The State College Spikes trailed 4-0 after 4 1/2 innings on Friday night, but scored in each of the last four frames to beat the Jamestown Jammers, 6-4, at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in the Spikes’ regular-season home finale.

State College (45-25) reduced its magic number for a playoff berth to one. In addition, the Spikes’ magic number for a Pinckney Division title and the top overall seed in the playoffs is also one, as the Spikes have clinched the head-to-head tiebreaker against Jamestown (41-29) and Tri-City.

The Spikes finished their 2013 regular season home slate with a 30-8 record, the best in club history and in the New York-Penn League this year.

Michael Schulze helped lead the State College charge with a 3-for-4 night. Schulze also scored the Spikes’ first run in the fifth inning as State College took advantage of the first of four Jammers errors. The Spikes did more damage in the sixth inning with Schulze’s RBI single and Jimmy Bosco’s RBI groundout to draw within a run at 4-3.

Mason Katz’s two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning gave State College its first lead of the night at 5-4, and Luke Voit produced a run-scoring double in the eighth for the insurance run.

Spikes starter Jimmy Reed saw his scoreless innings streak snapped at 14 when Jamestown got on the board in the third inning. Reed went 4 2/3 innings on the mound, allowing all Jammers runs, but just one earned run, on eight hits and a walk while striking out three.

Reliever Victor DeLeon (5-2) earned the win with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, yielding just two hits while striking out four. Jacob Booden (3) pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up the save.

Steven Ramos added two more hits to his league-leading total for State College, and boosted his batting average to .357, still the best mark in the NYPL.

Andrew Otamendi (2-2) took the loss in relief for Jamestown after allowing three runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batsman over two innings of work. Otamendi also recorded two strikeouts. Jammers starter Chad Kuhl allowed just one unearned run over five innings. Kuhl gave up seven hits while striking out seven batters.

Saturday, the Spikes begin a five-game road trip to end the regular season when they face the Auburn Doubledays.