Spikes swept by Black Bears, give up 9 unanswered runs


The State College Spikes delivered a big fourth inning to take a 5-0 lead, but the West Virginia Black Bears responded with nine unanswered runs to claim a 9-5 victory on Saturday night at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Nick Dunn reached base four times for State College (3-6), going 2-for-3 with a pair of walks. Dunn also started the Spikes’ fourth-inning flurry with a two-run double to left field to increase the State College lead to 3-0.

Wadye Ynfante then finished off the Spikes’ big fourth with a two-out, two-run single to left-center field.

Andres Luna began the scoring with an RBI groundout in the second, and added a double to the State College cause.

West Virginia’s (5-4) rally was powered by Jhoan Herrera, who went 3-for-4 with five runs batted and capping his night with a two-run homer to right, his second of the year, in the seventh. Herrera’s two-run single was the pivotal hit of the Black Bears’ three-run fourth, and his two-out RBI single in the fifth was followed by Nick Valaika’s two-run double to give West Virginia a lead it would not relinquish.

Spikes starter Jim Voyles got off to a hot start on the mound, retiring the first eight West Virginia batters in order before Michael De La Cruz’s infield single. Voyles struck out eight batters, the most for a State College pitcher in a single outing in 2018, and gave up a total of three runs, two of them earned, on five hits over four innings of work.

Reliever Will Changarotty (1-1) took the loss for the Spikes after being charged with four runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batsman over two-third of an inning.

Black Bears reliever Francis Del Orbe (1-1) picked up the win despite yielding four runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batsman over three innings. Del Orbe struck out five batters in the effort.

Travis Swaggerty, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 2018 first-round draft choice, went 3-for-4 and drove in a run while scoring three for West Virginia.

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