UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - Josh Lopez drove in two runs for the State College Spikes, but Oscar Rojas gave the Hudson Valley Renegades the winning run in the ninth with a sacrifice fly as the Renegades took a 4-3 win over the Spikes on Thursday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
With the loss and wins by West Virginia and Mahoning Valley, the Spikes fell two games back in the race for the New York-Penn League's lone Wild Card berth and 2 ½ games back of the NYPL Pinckney Division lead.
Lopez's double in the third, the Spikes' (27-23) first hit of the game, gave State College a 2-0 lead.
Hudson Valley (25-25) then plated three runs in the fifth to take its first lead. Zac Law doubled in the Renegades' first run, with Angel Perez then driving in another on a fielder's choice. Perez scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch to make it 3-2.
State College tied the game in the eighth on Brandon Benson 's sacrifice fly before Rojas produced his own sacrifice fly for Hudson Valley in the ninth.
Spikes reliever Jason Zgardowski (0-1) took the loss after yielding an unearned run on one hit in the ninth.
Hector Lopez (2-4) picked up the win in relief for Hudson Valley with 2 1/3 one-run innings of work. Lopez gave up one hit and one walk while striking out two batters in the effort. Sam Long (1) pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save.
The Renegades took the victory in the three-game series with the win.
Yariel Gonzalez had the lone multi-hit game for the Spikes. Law collected three hits for the Renegades.
Friday, the Spikes welcome the Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland Athletics) to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park for the opener of a three-game series. State College will send right-hander Jonathon Mulford (2-4) to the mound for the 7:05 p.m. matchup, while Vermont is set to go with left-hander Jesus Luzardo (0-0). Luzardo will be making his debut with the Lake Monsters.
The skies over Happy Valley will light up with the first of two fantastic FIREWORKS shows, presented by VisitMyrtleBeach.com after the game, with another presented by The Meadows following Sunday's 6:05 p.m. game.
Plus, VisitMyrtleBeach.com will present a fantastic Myrtle Beach Trip Giveaway for one lucky fan age 18 and up on Friday as well.
In addition, the first 1,000 fans at Friday's game will receive a Blue and White Hat Giveaway presented by the McClure Company on Penns Valley Community Night, presented by CATACOMMUTE.
It's also Scout Night at the ballpark, with all youngsters able to enjoy a FREE Kids Zone! presented by Friends of Jake Corman, and kids can run the bases after the game thanks to Wonderland Charter School.
In addition, fans can take advantage of the 4 for $44 Friday Northwest Family Value Ticket Package, with four Diamond Club or Field Box seats, four hot dogs and four small sodas available for just $44.
Fans can also purchase $8.11 Field Box seats on Digger Dog's 811 Night, presented by Columbia Gas of PA.
Fans will be looking forward to seeing Tim "Wild Thang" Lepard and Team GhostRiders once again, as the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo comes back to State College on for Saturday's 7:05 p.m. The return of this unique act, featuring monkeys riding dogs herding sheep in an unforgettably entertaining experience, will thrill fans of all ages.
Tickets for the three games from Friday through Sunday, as well as every game remaining 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 StateCollegeSpikes.com.
Catch all of the action on Friday via the Spikes Radio Network, presented by Penn State Sports Medicine, Official Healthcare Provider of Penn State Athletics, 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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