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Spikes lose to Black Bears in extras

From staff reports

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The State College Spikes took the West Virginia Black Bears to extra frames on Tuesday night, but the Black Bears’ 10th-inning burst gave them a 6-3 win over the Spikes at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

The Spikes (36-34) are now two games behind first-place Batavia in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division with six games remaining, and 1 ¢ games back of West Virginia (37-32) for second place. Both clubs also hold tiebreakers over State College should their records match at the end of the season.

State College trailed 2-0 in the first when Fernando Villegas’s RBI groundout and Cory Wood’s run-scoring single put West Virginia up.

However, the Spikes battled back to score three runs of their own in the bottom of the first. Terry Fuller drove in the first run with a single to right-center field, with a double-play ball plating the second run. Fuller then completed the State College scoring by coming home on a passed ball.

The Black Bears tied the game in the second on Elys Escobar’s double, then each team traded zeroes until West Virginia plated three runs in the 10th.

The flurry started when Blake Sabol, who began the inning as the designated runner at second base under Minor League Baseball’s tiebreaker rule, was able to score on a rundown play between third base and home plate. A subsequent wild pitch then plated Jared Triolo, and Brendt Citta’s RBI double finished the rally.

The long scoreless stretch featured top-flight pitching on both sides. Spikes starter Adrian Mardueno shook off the three early runs to go five innings, allowing six hits and two walks while striking out four batters along the way.

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