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Spikes Pitchers on Point

State College staff among New York-Penn League leaders.
STATE COLLEGE - The Spikes’ sluggers may get the headlines for the recent surge of success – the team’s won 8 of its last 10. But when you talk to the players, they say it starts on the mound as well.
 
“You see a lot of guys just attacking hitters, getting ahead of guys,” reliever Jacob Booden says. “A lot of it is when you get two strikes is you're able to put him away whether it's a strikeout or soft contact.”
 
The Spikes’ pitchers are second in the New York-Penn league in two key stats: ERA (2.77) and WHIP (1.11).
 
The staff has allowed three or fewer runs in seven of their last 10 outings.
 
“I think a lot of it is just expectation,” says Booden, who is fourth among relievers with a .120 opponents’ batting average against. “I mean we were here last year and it's just like you come to the field and are like we're going to win today.”
 
It's been an all-hands-on-deck push, with starters and relievers essentially splitting innings in the last 10 games.
 
The only real work horse right now is 21-year old Will Anderson.
 
The righty has averaged six innings per game in four starts. He's allowed just four earned runs all year.
 
“It's an opportunity to give them (the bullpen) a rest,” Anderson says. “It makes me feel good knowing that they're going to have more rest for the next couple of games.”

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