BROOKLYN, NY - Yariel Gonzalez drove in three runs with three hits, and Andrew Summerville tossed five shutout innings in his first professional start as the State College Spikes' seven-run sixth inning propelled them to a 12-1 victory over the Brooklyn Cyclones on Saturday night at MCU Park.
The win was the fourth in a row for the Spikes (15-10), who produced their third double-digit scoring effort in a win this season and second of the current road trip.
Gonzalez delivered a run-scoring double as part of the State College surge that expanded a 2-0 lead to 9-0. 11 batters came to the plate for the Spikes in the frame, with Ricardo Bautista bringing in a pair of runs with a single. Caleb Lopes also knocked in a run with a base hit, while J.D. Crowe doubled in another.
The Spikes sent eight batters to the plate in the inning before an out, with groundouts from Scott Hurst and Evan Mendoza completing the flurry.
The big inning helped solidify Summerville's (1-0) first professional win. The Cardinals' 2017 13th-round draft choice out of Stanford allowed just five hits and two walks while striking out two batters. Both walks were issued to Summerville's former college teammate Matt Winaker , while the lefty retired another former Cardinal in Quinn Brodey both times that he faced him.
State College jumped on the board in the first when Hurst scored on a wild pitch. Gonzalez followed with his first hit, a single to score Mendoza, to make it 2-0 after one. The first baseman completed his evening with an RBI single in the eighth.
Joe Gomez finished the Spikes' scoring with a fielder's choice in his first at-bat with the club to bring in Mendoza in the eighth.
Levi MaVorhis threw three shutout innings of relief for the Spikes. Rob Calvano finished the night on the mound by throwing the ninth for State College in his debut with the team.
Scott Manea plated the Cyclones' (6-19) lone run with a ninth-inning single. Walter Rasquin saw his New York-Penn League-long 14-game hitting streak end as he went 0-for-5.
Brooklyn starter Michael Gibbons (0-2) took the loss after giving up two runs on three hits and two walks over five innings. Gibbons also hit a batter and struck out five.
Sunday, the Spikes look for the sweep as they face the Cyclones in the finale of their three-game series at MCU Park. The 4 p.m. matinee will feature right-hander Paul Balestrieri (0-0) on the mound for the Spikes. Brooklyn will now send left-hander Gunner Kines (1-2) to the hill.
Following the weekend set against Brooklyn and a pair of road games on Monday and Tuesday at the Williamsport Crosscutters (Philadelphia Phillies), the Spikes come back home on Wednesday for a 7:05 p.m. matchup against the Crosscutters. Fans will enjoy the nationally acclaimed Salute to Conspiracy Theories Night, with the Spikes donning special Conspiracy Theory Themed Jerseys that will be up for bids in a Jersey-off-the-Back Auction presented by PSECU to benefit Children's Miracle Network.
Tickets for the July 19 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 StateCollegeSpikes.com.
Catch all of the action on Sunday via the Spikes Radio Network, presented by Penn State Health, at 3:45 p.m. with Spikes Live, presented by Mount Nittany Health, on the air from MCU 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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