With the win and losses by Batavia and Williamsport on Friday night, the Spikes (40-26) can now capture their second consecutive division title and a berth in the NYPL playoffs by defeating the Jammers (30-34) on Saturday night.
Diekroeger helped lead a State College offensive attack that broke the game open with a five-run sixth inning. The Stanford product delivered an RBI triple in the fifth inning, then singled in the sixth and scored to keep the frame going.
Chase Raffield and Jake Stone both provided run-scoring doubles for the Spikes in the sixth, while Jhohan Acevedo delivered a single to score the first run of the inning, then stole two bases before scoring one of his two runs.
The Spikes’ offensive efforts bolstered another strong performance from the State College pitching staff, which notched its fifth combined shutout of the year. Daniel Poncedeleon (2-3) began the proceedings and struck out a career-high eight batters over five innings of work, and yielded four hits and two walks as part of his first professional win in a starting role. Poncedeleon also escaped a jam in the fourth with runners on second and third and no outs by striking out the next three batters.
Nick Lomascolo then struck out three batters over two innings of work, followed by a perfect eighth inning from Joe Scanio in which he recorded three whiffs. Josh Lucas completed the shutout with a one-hit ninth inning. In total, Spikes pitchers recorded 15 strikeouts on the night, tied for the most in a single game this year.
Robelys Reyes, Nick Thompson and Darren Seferina each produced multiple hits for the Spikes as well, with Reyes and Seferina also helping State College turn three double plays.
Jamestown starter Alex McRae (3-5) took the loss after being charged with five runs, four of them earned, on ten hits and a walk while striking out five over 5 1/3 innings.
Michael Suchy was the only Jammer with multiple hits in the game.
-Spikes Media Relations
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