Spikes drop second straight series with loss to Black Bears

GRANVILLE, W.V. – Terry Fuller produced his first hit and first run batted in for the State College Spikes, but the West Virginia Black Bears used a big third inning to surpass the Spikes, 6-1, on Thursday night on Monongalia County Ballpark.

Fuller, who joined the Spikes (16-17) on Tuesday, drove in Carlos Soto with a groundball single to the right side in the fourth inning.

Soto led the State College offense with the club’s lone multi-hit game, and notched the lone extra-base hit with a double in the fourth.

West Virginia (17-15) took the lead on Logan Paul’s three-run homer to right field in the third to start a five-run frame. Paul’s blast, his first of the year, was followed by RBI singles from Matt Gorski and Matt Fraizer.

Brendt Citta, who produced three hits for the Black Bears, then capped the scoring with a double in the ninth.

Spikes starter Enmanuel Solano (1-4) took the loss after yielding five runs on a total of seven hits and three walks while striking out three batters over four innings. The four-inning start was Solano’ shortest of the season.

Black Bears starter Noe Toribio (1-1) earned the win after yielding one unearned run on four hits and two walks over five innings. Toribio struck out seven batters in the effort.

With the loss, the Spikes are now below .500 for the first time this season.

Friday, the Spikes finish their three-game set against the Black Bears with a 7:05 p.m. matchup at Monongalia County Ballpark. Right-hander Dalton Roach, who joined State College on Tuesday, will now get the start in his first Spikes appearance. West Virginia will go with right-hander Grant Ford (2-0).

Following the jaunt to West Virginia, the Spikes return home on Saturday for a three-game series with the Williamsport Crosscutters (Philadelphia Phillies).

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