STATE COLLEGE, PA – Rowan Wick continued his impressive power display with a pair of home runs to increase his season total to nine, and the State College Spikes came back from a 7-2 deficit to force extra innings, but the Jamestown Jammers plated a run in the 12th inning to take an 8-7 victory on Wednesday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Wick is now just one home run shy of the Spikes’ (8-5) single-season record of 10, set in 2013 byDavid Washington. The North Vancouver, BC native slugged a two-run blast to the National Penn Bank Nook in left-center field in the second inning, then followed it with another two-run shot to right field in the sixth.
State College erased a five-run deficit thanks in part to Wick’s second homer, which made it a 7-5 game. Jhohan Acevedo delivered a fifth inning RBI double, and Danny Diekroeger singled in a run in the seventh as well. The Spikes tied the game in the eighth when a Jamestown error broughtAlex De Leon in to score.
In the 12th, the Jammers scored what would prove to be the winning run when Erik Forgionereached base after being hit by a pitch, moved to third on a Carl Anderson double, and scored on aJordan Luplow sacrifice fly.
Wick led a strong effort by the Spikes’ offense. De Leon went 3-for-4 and was on base for each of Wick’s two home runs. Diekroeger added a pair of hits to the State College attack.
Josh Lucas (0-1) took the loss in relief for the Spikes, yielding a run on two hits, two walks and a hit batsman over two innings of work. Lucas struck out one in the effort. Jacob Booden tossed three innings of scoreless relief from the eight to tenth frames, striking out three.
Reliever Adam Otamendi (1-0) picked up the win for Jamestown, hurling two shutout innings in which he yielded one hit and struck out three batters.
Taylor Gushue went 3-for-4 and knocked in two runs with a pair of doubles for Jamestown, whileKevin Krause’s three-run homer in the fourth staked the Jammers to their largest lead of the night.
Anderson reached base four times on the evening, going 2-for-5 with a walk, a time hit by pitch, and two stolen bases.
The four hour, one minute game was the longest of the Spikes’ 2014 season, and their longest since a four hour, 21 minute win at Batavia on July 29, 2013. State College has now dropped its last four home games.
Thursday, the Spikes begin a four-game series against the Williamsport Crosscutters (Philadelphia Phillies) with a 7:05 p.m. matchup at Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field. State College will send right-hander Fernando Baez (0-0) to the mound for his first start of the year after four relief appearances. Williamsport will go with right-hander Feliberto Sanchez (0-2) on the hill.
-Spikes Media Relations