Spikes Fall for Second Straight Day to Connecticut

NORWICH, Conn. – The State College Spikes outhit the Connecticut Tigers on Wednesday, but Blaise Salter knocked in every one of the Tigers’ runs as the Spikes dropped a 4-0 decision in a day game at Thomas J. Dodd Stadium.

Salter began the scoring with a two-run homer in the first inning off State College (18-8) starter Dewin Perez (2-1), and then produced a two-run single in the third to complete the scoring.

The Spikes had several opportunities to score in the game, but hit into a season-most four double plays to dash several of their chances.

Dylan Tice and Ricardo Bautista each collected a pair of hits for State College, while Tommy Edman stole his sixth base of the year.

The loss ended a string of seven straight series victories for the Spikes, but State College still holds the best record in the New York-Penn League.

Perez took the loss, yielding four runs on a total of four hits and two walks. The southpaw added five strikeouts in his first starting assignment of the year after going 2-0 with a save and a 1.10 ERA over five relief appearances.

Spencer Trayner then delivered two scoreless innings with three hits and a walk against a strikeout on his record. Eric Carter retired all three batters he faced, one via strikeout, to finish the game on the hill for the Spikes.

Connecticut (17-9) starter Kyle Funkhouser allowed three hits over three innings of work before giving way to Ryan Castellanos (4-2), who earned the win. Castellanos gave up five hits while striking out two batters over four innings.

Thursday, the Spikes return home to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park to start a three-game series against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Cleveland Indians). The 7:05 p.m. opener of the set will feature left-hander John Kilichowski (0-1), who has not allowed a run over his first 10 professional innings, on the mound for State College. Mahoning Valley will go with right-hander Triston McKenzie (2-2), who has allowed just one earned run over 27 2/3 innings for a 0.33 ERA.

Fans can enjoy the return of $1 Beer Thursday, presented by BIG Froggy 101. 12-ounce domestic draft beers will be just $1 apiece from 6-8 p.m.

It’s also Salute to Superheroes Night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Fans are encourages to wear the gear of their favorite superheroes as the first 1,000 fans through the gates when they open at 6 p.m. will receive a Superhero T-Shirt Giveaway presented by McClure Mechanical Services. The T-shirts come in two varieties, so fans have the choice of Captain Ike or the Iron Spike when coming through the gates.

The big weekend at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park also includes Ghostbusters Night featuring a “State Puft Marshmallow Men”-Themed Jersey-off-the-Back-Auction presented by PSECU to benefit Children’s Miracle Network on Friday, and the return of the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo presented by Stone Valley Construction, LLC on Saturday.

Plus, Pokémon GO players can participate in a different kind of catch at the ballpark on Friday. Fanatics of the newest gaming sensation can get a $5 ticket discount, plus entry to the ballpark at 5 p.m., with the code “ASH.”

The 7:05 p.m. game on Friday vs. Mahoning Valley Scrappers will also allow Pokémon GO players to access Medlar Field at Lubrano Park’s two PokeStops, and special Lure Modules will be dropped throughout the night to help increase fans’ Pokémon GO collections.

Tickets to all three games of the series, as well as every game 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 print single-game tickets by visiting StateCollegeSpikes.com.

Catch all of the action on Thursday via the Spikes Radio Network, presented by Penn State Health, at 6:35 a.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.

Spikes fans can also catch home games in 2016 even when outside Central PA thanks to the new partnership with MiLB.TV to stream all games online to paid subscribers of the service. MiLB.TV offers fans the chance to follow the game’s future stars across Minor League Baseball, with more than 5,000 games streamed live, including affiliates of all 30 MLB teams, and complete game archives available on demand. Fans can subscribe to MiLB.TV for the whole season at the new lower price of $39.99, or subscribe monthly at $12.99 a month.

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