Acevedo propels Spikes past Crosscutters

STATE COLLEGE – Jhohan Acevedo collected three hits and reached base four times to help lead the State College Spikes to a 5-2 victory over the Williamsport Crosscutters on Friday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in front a crowd of 5,306 fans.

Acevedo scored a pair of runs, including one of the Spikes’ (10-5) insurance runs in the eighth inning, and added a stolen base to increase his team-leading total in that category to six. The native Venezuelan also received some help, as Robelys Reyes collected three hits. Rowan Wick reached base four times with two hits, a walk, and a bases-loaded hit by pitch that knocked in his New York-Penn League-leading 17th RBI of the year.

State College steadily increased its lead throughout the game, as Luis Cruz drove in a run with a second-inning grounder, followed by an Adam Ehrlich two-out RBI single in the third. After Wick brought in a run in the fifth, Danny Diekroeger’s two-run single completed the scoring.

The Spikes also received a strong pitching effort, as Cody Schumacher made his longest start as a pro with four innings in which he allowed one unearned run on two hits. Schumacher also struck out two. Daniel Poncedeleon (1-0) earned his first professional victory with two innings of relief in which he yielded one run on three hits while striking out two.

Josh Lucas (3) gave up a hit, but got a strikeout as well as he pitched a shutout ninth for the save.

Williamsport’s (6-8) Feliberto Sanchez (0-3) took his third loss in as many starts after giving up three runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batsman. Sanchez recorded one strikeout in the effort.

Derek Campbell led the Crosscutters with three hits, including a double, while Wilmer Oberto went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

The win was the Spikes’ fifth in six games against the Crosscutters this year, and draws the all-time SawBuck Series between the two teams even at 51-51 over 102 meetings.

Today, the Spikes and Crosscutters head back to Historic Bowman Field for the third game of their four-game, alternating-site series. State College is set to send left-hander Austin Gomber (0-0) to the mound for his second professional start, while Williamsport will go with right-hander Mitch Gueller (0-1) on the hill.

Sunday, the Spikes and Crosscutters meet at 6:05 p.m. to finish their four-game set.