STATE COLLEGE – Jhohan Acevedo collected three hits and reached base four times to help lead the State College Spikes to a 5-2 victory on Friday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in front a crowd of 5,306 fans.
Acevedo scored a pair of runs, including one of the Spikes’ (10-5) insurance runs in the eighth inning, and added a stolen base to increase his team-leading total in that category to six. The native Venezuelan also received some help, as Robelys Reyes collected three hits. Rowan Wick reached base four times with two hits, a walk, and a bases-loaded hit by pitch that knocked in his New York-Penn League-leading 17th RBI of the year.
The crowd of 5,306 fans was the second largest of the season for the Spikes behind Opening Night’s 5,801 fans, which was the third largest attendance ever for a Spikes game.
State College steadily increased its lead throughout the game, as Luis Cruz drove in a run with a second-inning grounder, followed by an Adam Ehrlich two-out RBI single in the third. After Wick brought in a run in the fifth, Danny Diekroeger’s two-run single completed the scoring.
The Spikes also received a strong pitching effort, as Cody Schumacher made his longest start as a pro with four innings in which he allowed one unearned run on two hits. Schumacher also struck out two. Daniel Poncedeleon (1-0) earned his first professional victory with two innings of relief in which he yielded on run on three hits while striking out two.
Josh Lucas (3) gave up a hit, but got a strikeout as well as he pitched a shutout ninth for the save.
Williamsport’s (6-8) Feliberto Sanchez (0-3) took his third loss in as many starts after giving up three runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batsman. Sanchez recorded one strikeout in the effort.
Derek Campbell led the Crosscutters with three hits, including a double, while Wilmer Oberto went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The win was the Spikes’ fifth in six games against the Crosscutters this year, and draws the all-time SawBuck Series between the two teams even at 51-51 over 102 meetings.
Saturday, the Spikes and Crosscutters head back to Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field for the third game of their four-game, alternating-site series. State College is set to send left-hander Austin Gomber (0-0) to the mound for his second professional start, while Williamsport will go with right-hander Mitch Gueller (0-1) on the hill.
--State College Spikes Media Relations
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