Spikes Crushed by Crosscutters 9-1

Spikes Crushed by Crosscutters 9-1

7-run second inning dooms Spikes.
STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - The State College Spikes fell behind early, thanks mostly to a seven-run second inning by the Williamsport Crosscutters, and could not quite dig themselves out of the hole in a 9-1 setback on Wednesday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Despite the loss, the Spikes (42-25) remained one game ahead of Jamestown for the lead in the New York-Penn League’s Pinckney Division.

Williamsport (32-35) scored seven runs in a single inning for the second time in three nights against State College (42-25) after accomplishing the feat in the first inning on Monday at Historic Bowman Field. The seven runs are the most the Spikes have allowed in one frame this year.

The Crosscutters’ surge was helped by four walks issued by State College pitching, including three by starter Ben O’Shea (3-2). Sam Dove started the barrage for Williamsport with a solo home run, his first of the year, to left field to make it a 2-0 game.

Gustavo Martinez landed the crowning blow with a bases-loaded double to bring in three runs for the Crosscutters.
State College came back with a run in the second on Carson Kelly’s double and a Luke Voit RBI single, but could not muster any more runs.

The Spikes lost despite outhitting Williamsport, 9-8, with four different players contributing multiple hits. Steven Ramos, the New York-Penn League’s batting average leader, bolstered his average to .356 with a 2-for-5 night that included two stolen bases.

O’Shea took the loss after allowing a total of six runs on two hits, four walks and a hit batsman over 1 2/3 innings. The outing was the southpaw’s shortest as a Spike, and marked his return to the mound for State College after a stint with Single-A Peoria.

Crosscutters starter Yacksel Rios (5-2) earned the win after yielding the Spikes’ lone run on a total of six hits, a walk and a hit batsman over five innings of work. Rios also struck out five batters. Felix Santos (3) finished the game for Williamsport with four shutout innings to grab the save. Santos gave up three hits and a walk while striking out three.

--Spikes Media Relations--
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