Spikes Capture Fifth Straight Victory

GRANVILLE, W. Va. – Bryan Dobzanski became the fourth pitcher in State College Spikes history to go eight innings on the mound in a single start, allowing the Spikes to extend their winning streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over the West Virginia Black Bears on Sunday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Dobzanski (1-1) allowed just one run on six hits and walk in becoming the first State College (7-3) pitcher since Nicolas Suero in 2007 to log eight innings on the mound in one game. The right-hander also recorded one strikeout as he joined Suero, Matt Lane and Kyle Sadlowski on a historic list. Dobzanski needed just 93 pitches, 68 of them for strikes, to last eight innings.

The Spikes allowed Dobzanski to pitch with the lead throughout the game after plating all three runs in the first inning. State College took advantage of wildness on the part of West Virginia (6-4) starter Luis Escobar, (0-1) with a pair of wild pitches bringing in runners from third.

Escobar, who left the game after just two-thirds of an inning, took the loss after allowing one hit, two walks and a hit batsman while tossing a total of three wild pitches. The right-hander threw just 10 strikes in 30 pitches on the day.

Ricardo Bautista added the other Spikes run with a sacrifice fly to right field.

The Black Bears plated their only run in the sixth on Clark Eagan’s double. Dobzanski prevented West Virginia from scoring earlier in the game, springing off the mound to snare a bunt that Eagan popped up and then doubling a runner off at second.

Jordan DeLorenzo (1) allowed a hit and a walk in the ninth, but struck out two batters to finish the game and earn the save.

The Spikes will stay in at least a tie for first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division with the win.

State College now seeks a perfect road trip tomorrow night in the conclusion of a three-game set with West Virginia at Monongalia County Ballpark. The 7:05 p.m. matchup will feature the professional debut of John Kilichowski as he makes the start for the Spikes.. Kilichowski is the 2016 11th round draft choice of the Cardinals out of Vanderbilt University.

West Virginia will go with right-hander Stephan Meyer (1-0) on the mound.

Following the road trip, the Spikes will return home on Tuesday, June 28 for a six-game homestand at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, starting with $2 Walking Taco Tuesday, presented by B94.5, along with Bellies and Baseball Night, presented by Pregnancy Resource Clinic.

The fun continues with the debut of Half-Craft Wednesday presented by 93.7 The BUS with half-price craft beers from 6-8 p.m. on June 29, and then the first Bark in the Park Night of the year, presented by Metzger Animal Hospital and NEWSRADIO 1390 WRSC, along with $1 Beer Thursday, presented by BIG Froggy 101 on Thursday, June 30.

Fullington Bus Company presents the action on Friday, July 1, when the first 1,000 fans will receive a Team Poster Giveaway, and all fans can participate in a Team Autograph Session with the players from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, July 2, the first 1,000 fans will receive a Cowboy Monkey Rodeo Poster Giveaway, presented by Boyles Insurance, in preparation for the return of the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo on July 16.

The homestand then finishes with a bang on Sunday, July 3 as David “The Bullet” Smith, Jr. brings his record-breaking Human Cannonball act to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Best Line Powersports, home of the new Indian Motorcycle of State College, presents this one-of-a-kind event, with a post-game “Blast-Off.” The night will also be capped off with the launch of a fantastic FIREWORKS show, presented by the PA Lottery.

Game times will be 7:05 p.m. for all nights except Sunday, July 3, when it will be a 6:05 p.m. start.

Tickets to these games, as well as every game remaining on the Spikes’ 2016 home schedule, are currently on sale through the Spikes Box Office by calling (814) 272-1711 or by visiting in person. Fans can also buy and download single-game tickets by visiting StateCollegeSpikes.com.

Catch all of the action on Monday via the Spikes Radio Network, presented by Penn State Health, at 6:50 p.m. with Spikes Live, presented by Mount Nittany Health, on the air from Monongalia County Ballpark. The Spikes’ radio broadcast can also be heard worldwide through the “Listen Live” link on StateCollegeSpikes.com, provided by the club’s flagship radio home, Newsradio 1390 WRSC, as well as the TuneIn Radio app.

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