Stone’s seventh-inning grand slam propels State College over Jamestown
STATE COLLEGE – Jake Stone hit the 10th grand slam in State College Spikes history to key the Spikes’ comeback from a four-run deficit to defeat the Jamestown Jammers, 11-9, in an afternoon contest on Friday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Stone’s seventh-inning slam capped a six-run frame for the Spikes (14-7), who trailed the Jammers (8-13), 5-1, going into the sixth inning. Stone, a native of Wilmington, N.C., became the ninth State College player to hit a grand slam. David Washington smashed two last year, including one on the Fourth of July.
The Spikes remain undefeated at home on the Fourth of July, posting their sixth win at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on the holiday in front of 4,231 fans.
Andrew Sohn also delivered a two-run single for the Spikes in the sixth inning, and Nick Thompson’s two-run double gave State College its first lead of the game in the seventh. Thompson finished the game 3-for-5 with three runs batted in.
Alex De Leon collected four hits to help the Spikes’ offensive cause as well, and started the game 4-for-4. De Leon came a flyout in the eighth shy of tying the State College single-game hits record.
Sohn and Darren Seferina both tripled for State College as well, with Seferina scoring an insurance run for the Spikes in the eighth inning.
The Spikes had to dodge a late Jamestown comeback attempt as the Jammers responded to State College’s six-run seventh with four runs of their own in the eighth. However, Josh Lucas got the final out of the frame and then pitched a one-hit ninth for his fourth save in as many opportunities.
Nick Lomascolo (1-0) picked up the win in relief after giving up one run on two hits while striking out one over the sixth and seventh innings.
Jamestown reliever Nicholas Neumann (1-1) took the loss after being tagged for all six Spikes runs in the seventh. Neumann went 1/3 of an inning, giving up six hits and a walk in the process.
Five different Jamestown players collected multiple hits, with Kevin Krause knocking in three runs and delivering a double.
Saturday, the Spikes and Jammers play the middle game of their three-game set. The 7:05 p.m. matchup will feature left-hander Austin Gomber (0-1), the fourth-round draft choice of the Cardinals in 2014, on the mound for State College against Jamestown right-hander Marek Minarik (0-2).