Anderson sets Spikes record in victory

From staff reports

STATE COLLEGE – Will Anderson became the first State College Spikes pitcher ever to strike out 10 batters in a single game a 5-0 win over the Williamsport Crosscutters, on Sunday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Anderson (1-1), the St. Louis Cardinals’ 26th-round draft choice in 2013, went seven innings on the mound to begin State College’s (11-6) shutout effort. The right-hander allowed just three hits during his time on the mound, and did not walk a batter in earning the victory. Anderson’s 10 strikeouts broke the previous Spikes record of nine shared by eight different pitchers.

The Spikes got Anderson a

fresh start with a three-run first inning, then added one in the sixth and another in the seventh to complete the scoring in front of a home crowd of 4,829 fans.

Rowan Wick collected two more runs batted in with a single in the first to up his season total to 21. Wick ended the game 2-for-4 with a double to increase his batting average to a New York-Penn League-leading .407.

Danny Diekroeger drove in the final State College run and went 3-for-4 on the night. Darren Seferina scored a pair of runs, stole two bases and went 2-for-4 to aid the Spikes offense in his professional debut. Seferina was activated on Sunday after being selected by the Cardinals in the fifth round of the 2014 MLB Draft out of Miami-Dade (FL) College.

Jacob Booden and Josh Lucas each recorded perfect innings, with Booden adding a strikeout, to finish off the Spikes’ second shutout win of the year.

Alejandro Arteaga (1-2) took the loss, allowing all five Spikes runs on nine hits and a walk. Arteaga also struck out five over seven innings of work.

The Spikes will now enjoy their first off day of the 2014 season on Monday before heading to Dwyer Stadium to start a three-game road series against the Batavia Muckdogs (Miami Marlins). State College will start left-hander Dewin Perez (1-0) in the first game of the series on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Batavia’s starter for the series opener has not yet been announced.