WILLIAMSPORT, PA – Andrew Sohn collected two hits and scored two runs, and Alex De Leon delivered an RBI double as the State College Spikes returned to the win column with a 3-2 victory over the Williamsport Crosscutters on Thursday night at Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field.
Sohn, the Cardinals’ sixth-round draft choice in 2014, picked up his first professional double in the fifth inning and scored on a Williamsport (6-7) error for State College’s (9-5) second run. The Western Michigan product then singled and scored on a Danny Diekroeger sacrifice fly to make it a 3-0 Spikes lead in the sixth.
State College averted the Crosscutters’ late comeback bid, as Williamsport scored twice in the seventh inning to draw within a run. However, Kyle Grana (1) got the last out with the bases loaded in that frame and got the save by blanking the Crosscutters in the last two innings. Grana allowed a total of two hits and recorded two strikeouts.
The victory snapped a brief two-game skid for the Spikes, and marked their fifth straight win on the road.
Spikes reliever Trey Nielsen (1-0) picked up the victory with 2 2/3 innings of work in which he gave up both Williamsport runs on a total of four hits, two walks and one hit batsman. Nielsen struck out three in the win.
Fernando Baez got the start for State College and pitched well, shutting out the Crosscutters on two hits and a walk through four innings. Baez also struck out two.
De Leon got the Spikes rolling in the first inning as he followed Adam Ehrlich’s two-out double with one of his own to plate the initial run of the game.
Luis Cruz added a pair of hits for State College, including a double.
Starter David Whitehead (1-1) went seven innings on the mound for Williamsport, the longest start for a Spikes opponent this season, but took the loss after allowing all three State College runs, two of them earned, on seven hits and a walk. Whitehead struck out two on the evening, two starts after no-hitting the Spikes through a six-inning effort.
Deivi Grullon went 4-for-4 for the Crosscutters with four singles, a stolen base, a run batted in and a run scored.
Friday, the Spikes and Crosscutters head back to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park for the second game of their four-game, alternating-site series. State College is set to send right-hander Cody Schumacher (0-0) to the mound for his second professional start. Schumacher will face Williamsport right-hander Feliberto Sanchez (0-2).
-Spikes Media Relations