Williams Spins Spikes Past Lowell

LOWELL, Mass. – Ronnie Williams delivered six strong innings on the mound, and the State College Spikes became the first team in the New York-Penn League to 20 wins this season with a 7-4 victory over the Lowell Spinners on Sunday night at Edward A. LeLacheur Park.

Williams (4-1) earned his fourth consecutive victory as he yielded just one run on four hits and a walk. The right-hander also struck out four batters in producing his sixth quality start in seven outings this season.

The Spikes (20-10) bolstered Williams’s efforts by grabbing the lead early as Jeremy Martinez drove in a pair of runs with a two-out single in the first. Jose Martinez then dropped a double into center to extend the lead in the second.

Vince Jackson continued the onlsuaght with an RBI double in the fifth inning, and Danny Hudzina followed by driving him in with a single to extend the lead to 5-1. In the seventh, a wild pitch and a Mick Fennell single each added a run to the Spikes’ tally.

Tyler Hill, who homered to left-center field off Williams in the first inning, then edged into the State College lead with an RBI single in the eighth. The Spinners (18-12) continued the rally in the ninth with a Victor Acosta single, but Hill’s ensuing triple for his third hit of the game ended the scoring.

Lowell starter Kevin Steen (1-3) took the loss after yielding five runs on five hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings. Steen struck out five batters in the effort.

Jose Martinez went 4-for-4 to become the third Spike with a four-hit game this season, following Tommy Edman on June 18 and Dylan Tice on June 22. Danny Hudzina also collected three hits for State College.

The Spikes and Spinners meet for the second game of their three-game set on Monday at LeLacheur Park. State College will send right-hander Bryan Dobzanski (2-2) to the mound for the 7:05 p.m. matchup. Lowell will counter with right-hander Daniel Gonzalez (3-1).

After the set in Lowell, the Spikes return home on Thursday to start a three-game series against the Auburn Doubledays (Washington Nationals) with a 7:05 p.m. matchup on $1 Beer Thursday, presented by BIG Froggy 101. The homestand is also highlighted by Coaches vs. Cancer of Penn State Night presented by HRI, Inc. on Friday with a Road to the Show Poster Giveaway for the first 1,000 fans and a Game-Used Hat Auction to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer of Penn State.

Saturday, the first 1,000 fans will receive a Spikes Mini-Football Giveaway presented by Penn State Health during the 1986 National Championship 30th Anniversary Celebration, with a pre-game action sports demonstration and post-game FIREWORKS on TEAM REAM Day.

Tickets to all three games, 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 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 LeLacheur 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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