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  • Spikes to receive championship rings in Florida

    Players, coaches and staff from the State College Spikes' 2016 New York-Penn League championship team will receive their rings on Sunday in Jupiter, FL. The ring presentation ceremony will take place prior to the St. Louis Cardinals' 1:05 p.m. Spring Training game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. MORE »
  • Spikes alums span the globe in WBC

    The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway, and State College Spikes fans will see some familiar faces on the field representing nations from across the globe. 11 Spikes alums are on the WBC rosters of six different countries - the United States, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Italy and Israel. The first round of pool play for the competition is scheduled to run through March 12, with the second round starting on the same date. Single-game semifinals will take place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on March 20 and 21, with the winners meeting for the WBC championship on March 22, also at Dodger Stadium. MORE »
  • Former Spikes dot's Cardinals Top 30

    Eight State College Spikes alums rate among the top 30 prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals system, according to's latest rankings headed into the spring. Four members of the 2016 NYPL champions, along with top ten prospects Carson Kelly and Harrison Bader, are on the list as they make their way up the organizational ladder. MORE »
  • Spikes to host State College/Bellefonte clash

    The State College Spikes will welcome two longtime Central PA high school baseball rivals as the State College Little Lions will meet the defending state champion Bellefonte Red Raiders on Saturday, April 8 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The latest chapter of the State College-Bellefonte rivalry will take place following Penn State's game against Ohio State on the same date. First pitch for the PSU-OSU matchup is set for 2:00 p.m. Fans wishing to attend the State College-Bellefonte game can purchase a ticket for the Penn State game and receive free admission to the high school game afterward. MORE »
  • New manager Kruzel leads 2017 coaching staff

    The St. Louis Cardinals have announced the 2017 coaching staff for the defending New York-Penn League champion State College Spikes. Joe Kruzel, who led the Single-A Peoria Chiefs for the past three years, will take over as the ninth manager in Spikes history. Kruzel joins a trio of returnees in hitting coach Roger LaFrancois, pitching coach Darwin Marrero and athletic trainer Chris Whitman on the bench in 2017. Jordan Brown also joins the staff as the new strength and conditioning coach. MORE »
  • Spikes' 2017 schedule released, ticket plans available

    The State College Spikes' 2017 schedule is out, and the defending New York-Penn League champions are getting ready to take the field. The Spikes, Short-Season Single-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, will begin the summer at home on Monday, June 19, and ticket plans for all 38 home games on the 2017 schedule are now available, including Season Ticket memberships and Flex Books. The Spikes' regular season home slate will run through Thursday, September 7. MORE »
  • Neri earns highest award from STMA & MiLB

    Minor League Baseball and the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) announced that State College Spikes Senior Sports Turf Manager Matt Neri has been named Sports Turf Manager of the Year for the entire Short-Season/Rookie classification. Neri, the four-time New York-Penn League Sports Turf Manager of the Year, is a first-time winner of the classification-wide honor. The Williamsburg, PA native will now join the Triple-A, Double-A and Single-A honorees for the Awards Luncheon on Monday December 5 at the Baseball Winter Meetings in National Harbor, MD. MORE »
  • Marmol named Cards first-base coach

    Oliver Marmol, who led the State College Spikes to their first-ever division and New York-Penn League championships, has been named the St. Louis Cardinals' new first-base coach, as announced by the Cardinals on Thursday. Marmol became the Spikes' manager in 2013 and guided the club to its first ever NYPL Pinckney Division title and NYPL Championship Series berth before skippering the Spikes to the NYPL crown in 2014. MORE »
  • 2011 Spikes skipper Bartee joins Pirates staff

    Kimera Bartee, who managed the State College Spikes in 2011, has been named the Pittsburgh Pirates' new first-base and outfield/baserunning coach, as announced by the club this past weekend. Bartee, who has been the Pirates' minor league outfield/baserunning coordinator for the past nine seasons, will serve a similar role on the major league staff. MORE »
  • Neri named NYPL Sports Turf Manager of the Year

    The Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) has named State College Spikes Senior Sports Turf Manager Matt Neri the 2016 New York-Penn League Sports Turf Manager of the Year. Neri, the only sports turf manager that Medlar Field at Lubrano Park has ever known, is now a four-time recipient of the prestigious award, presented annually by Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball. MORE »
  • CHAMPS! Spikes sweep Renegades for NYPL title

    Danny Hudzina smashed a two-run homer in the second to give the State College Spikes a lead they would not relinquish as they earned their second New York-Penn League title in the last three years with a 2-1 victory over the Hudson Valley Renegades in Game Two of the NYPL Championship Series on Monday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. MORE »
  • Quintet of Spikes alums set for AFL play

    Five former State College Spikes are ready to head west and participate in the prestigious Arizona Fall League, with workouts in the Grand Canyon State starting this weekend. Carson Kelly, Rowan Wick, Austin Gomber and Harrison Bader will join players from the St. Louis Cardinals and four other major league organizations on the Glendale Desert Dogs, while 2012 Spike Eric Wood will play for the Surprise Saguaros. MORE »
  • Spikes take Game One win over Renegades

    Steven Farinaro and Max Almonte combined on a four-hit shutout, and the State College Spikes downed the Hudson Valley Renegades in the opener of the best-of-three New York-Penn League Championship Series, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at Dutchess Stadium. With the win, the Spikes can now win their second NYPL title in the last three years with a victory in Game Two at 7:05 p.m. on Monday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. MORE »
  • Enjoy $1 beers at every 2016 home playoff game!

    State College Spikes fans are used to $1 beers from 6-8 p.m. every Thursday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, presented by BIG Froggy 101. Now, with the playoffs here, fans can join the celebration with $1 Beer Nights at every single Spikes home game in the 2016 New York-Penn League Playoffs. MORE »
  • Spikes top Yankees to reach Championship Series

    Ryan McCarvel's two-run homer capped a four-run seventh inning and propelled the State College Spikes into the New York-Penn League Championship Series with a 6-5 victory over the Staten Island Yankees in the third and deciding game of the NYPL Semifinal Series on Friday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. MORE »
  • Spikes fall to Yankees in 10 to knot NYPL semis

    The State College Spikes battled back to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, but Drew Bridges homered in the 10th to give the Staten Island Yankees a 3-2 victory in Game Two of the New York-Penn League Semifinal Series on Thursday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. MORE »
  • Spikes shut out Yankees in Game 1 for 3-0 win

    Bryan Dobzanski and Jordan DeLorenzo combined on a five-hit shutout and Andy Young's two-run homer put the game out of reach as the State College Spikes defeated the Staten Island Yankees, 3-0, to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three New York-Penn League Semifinal Series. MORE »
  • $1 Beer Thursday returns, playoff schedule now set

    The State College Spikes' postseason schedule is now set after the conclusion of the New York-Penn League regular season. The Spikes will take on the Staten Island Yankees in the best-of-three Semifinal Series as they head #BackInTheHunt, presented by Lion Country Kia and HRI, Inc. The Spikes will host Game 2 of the Semifinal Series on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The night's activities will feature $1 Beer Thursday, presented by BIG Froggy 101. MORE »
  • Spikes take top playoff seed with 50th win

    The State College Spikes clinched the top seed in the New York-Penn League playoffs and earned their 50th win of the season with a 4-2 victory over the Williamsport Crosscutters on Monday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field. MORE »
  • 6,111 fans set new Spikes attendance record

    The State College Spikes set a new single-game attendance record on Sunday as 6,111 fans filled Medlar Field at Lubrano Park for the club's regular season home finale against the Williamsport Crosscutters. The record crowd breaks the previous mark of 6,105 fans, set on August 15, 2015 when the Spikes faced West Virginia. MORE »