Lancaster stars as Spikes top Muckdogs

Home winning streak now stands at seven straight

(Steve Manuel)

By State College Spikes | July 2, 2017 11:00 PM ET

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - Tyler Lancaster collected three hits, including an RBI double, and J.D. Crowe snapped a tie in the seventh as the State College Spikes stretched their home winning streak to seven with a 3-1 victory over the Batavia Muckdogs on Sunday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

The Spikes (9-4) took the first lead of the game when Lancaster's two-base hit brought in Brandon Benson in the fifth. After Batavia (5-8) tied the game on Ben Fisher's base hit in the seventh, Crowe then followed with a single to right to score Dennis Ortega with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the frame.

Benson extended the State College lead with a single in the eighth to set the final margin.

Spikes starter Jonathon Mulford bounced back from two tough outings to start the year by tossing five shutout innings. Mulford allowed four hits and five walks, but struck out six and left with the lead.

Reliever Spencer Trayner (2-0) picked up the win after allowing a run on three hits and two walks while striking out two batters. Will Latcham (1), the Cardinals' 17th-round draft choice out of Coastal Carolina, threw two scoreless frames to pick up his first professional save. Latcham yielded one hit and struck out three batters.

The Spikes' home winning streak is now three games shy of the club record, a ten-game string from July 27-August 14, 2013.

Muckdogs reliever Nestor Bautista (1-1) took the loss after giving up two runs on three hits and three walks over two innings of work.

Monday, the Spikes and Muckdogs finish a three-game set at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park with a 7:05 p.m. matchup. Right-hander Paul Balestrieri (0-0) gets his first start on the mound as a professional for State College. Batavia is slated to send right-hander Montana Parsons (0-0) to the hill in his first New York-Penn League appearance.

The homestand finishes with a bang as David "The Bullet" Smith, Jr. brings his record-breaking Human Cannonball act to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Happy 103 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, and it's First Responders Appreciation Night, presented by the Centre Daily Times.

Plus, Monday Buck Night returns, featuring $1 Outfield Bleacher seats, $1 hot dogs, $1 small sodas and $1 peanut boats presented by 95.3 FM 3WZ.

Tickets for Monday night's game, as well as every game on the Spikes' 2017 home schedule, are currently on sale through the Spikes Ticket Office by calling (814) 272-1711 or by visiting in person. Fans can also buy and download single-game tickets by visiting

Catch all of the action on Monday 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, 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 2017 even when outside Central PA thanks to 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 use the promo code "SPIKES" to save $10 on the regular yearly price.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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