Spikes Continue to Roll Beat West Virginia Again

GRANVILLE, W. Va. – Elier Rodriguez smashed a two-run homer to cap the scoring, and Dailyn Martinez logged six quality innings on the mound as the State College Spikes took their sixth consecutive victory with a 6-1 win over the West Virginia Black Bears on Monday night at Monongalia County Ballpark.

With the win, State College (8-3) finished a perfect road trip to Batavia and West Virginia, and also took sole possession of first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Rodriguez’s two-run blast to right-center field in the fifth was the Spikes’ second home run of the season. The Miami native went 2-for-3 with a walk on the night to help key the State College offense.

Martinez (2-1), who went seven strong innings on Wednesday in Batavia to earn the victory in the first game of the road trip, picked up his second win after yielding just one run on five hits and two walks. The right-hander also struck out four batters in the effort, increasing his season total to a league-leading 17.

The Spikes took the lead in the third inning when Vince Jackson’s groundball single to right plated Tommy Edman, and a subsequent error scored Danny Martin.

Edman, who produced another multi-hit game to put his average for the season at .455, then drove in a pair of runs with a single in the fourth.

State College produced 43 runs over six games on the road trip, and notched 12 innings with multiple runs, while allowing just 12 runs total.

Two Spikes who were part of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2016 draft class each made their professional debut on the mound as well. John Kilichowski, the Cards’ 11th-round selection out of Vanderbilt, allowed a walk and struck out two over two scoreless innings.

Kilichowski’s teammate at Jesuit High School in Tampa, FL, Spencer Trayner, then finished the game. Trayner, the 25th-round choice of the Cardinals out of North Carolina, walked two batters but forced a game-ending double play.

West Virginia’s (6-5) only run scored when catcher Kevin Krause walked in the second and came home on three wild pitches.

Black Bears starter Stephan Meyer (1-1) took the loss after giving up four runs, three of them earned, on four hits and four walks over 3 1/3 innings. Meyer recorded two strikeouts on the night.

The Spikes now head home to start a six-game homestand with a 7:05 p.m. matchup against the Brooklyn Cyclones (New York Mets) on Tuesday night. The opener of the three-game series will feature right-hander Carson Cross (1-0) on the mound for State College. Last time out, Cross went 5 1/3 innings for the win on Thursday night in Batavia.

Right-hander Harol Gonzalez (0-1) will get the ball for Brooklyn. Gonzalez makes his first start since throwing six hitless innings against Connecticut on Thursday before losing the no-hitter and the game.

Fans can enjoy the return of $2 Walking Taco Tuesday to the ballpark, presented by B94.5. Walking Tacos will be available for just $2 each at the Salsa concession stand throughout the night.

It’s also Bellies & Baseball Night, presented by Pregnancy Resource Clinic, as the Spikes celebrate pregnant women and their supporters. Pregnant ladies and their supporters can enjoy a $3 Bullpen Box ticket offer by using the promo code “YOUMATTER” on State College Spikes.com or at the Medlar Field at Lubrano Park Box Office.

Plus, expecting women using the promo code can throw out a first pitch at the game, local resource providers will be at the game to provide information on pregnancy, parenting and more, and craving stations will be at the ballpark just in case the urge strikes during the game. In addition, any pregnant woman at Tuesday night’s game that goes into labor gets free Spikes season tickets for life.

Tuesday is also Mount Nittany Health Healthy Home Runs Night, with each child that participated in the Healthy Home Runs program receiving a free ticket as well as the chance to be recognized on the field for joining in making healthy nutritional and exercise choices.

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.

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Cleveland Indians) then come to town for the second half of the homestand, and Fullington Bus Company presents the action on Friday, July 1, when the first 1,000 fans will receive a Team Poster Giveaway. All fans can also 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 Tuesday via the Spikes Radio Network, presented by Penn State Health, at 6:35 p.m. with Spikes Live, presented by Mount Nittany Health, on the air from Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. 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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