GRANVILLE, W.V. - Terry Fuller produced his first hit and first run batted in for the State College Spikes, but the West Virginia Black Bears used a big third inning to surpass the Spikes, 6-1, on Thursday night on Monongalia County Ballpark.
Fuller, who joined the Spikes (16-17) on Tuesday, drove in Carlos Soto with a groundball single to the right side in the fourth inning.
Soto led the State College offense with the club's lone multi-hit game, and notched the lone extra-base hit with a double in the fourth.
West Virginia (17-15) took the lead on Logan Paul's three-run homer to right field in the third to start a five-run frame. Paul's blast, his first of the year, was followed by RBI singles from Matt Gorski and Matt Fraizer.
Brendt Citta , who produced three hits for the Black Bears, then capped the scoring with a double in the ninth.
Spikes starter Enmanuel Solano (1-4) took the loss after yielding five runs on a total of seven hits and three walks while striking out three batters over four innings. The four-inning start was Solano' shortest of the season.
Black Bears starter Noe Toribio (1-1) earned the win after yielding one unearned run on four hits and two walks over five innings. Toribio struck out seven batters in the effort.
With the loss, the Spikes are now below .500 for the first time this season.
Friday, the Spikes finish their three-game set against the Black Bears with a 7:05 p.m. matchup at Monongalia County Ballpark. Right-hander Dalton Roach , who joined State College on Tuesday, will now get the start in his first Spikes appearance. West Virginia will go with right-hander Grant Ford (2-0).
Following the jaunt to West Virginia, the Spikes return home on Saturday for a three-game series with the Williamsport Crosscutters (Philadelphia Phillies).
With thousands are interested in storming Area 51 on September 20., the State College Spikes will give fans a chance to get some practice by storming Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Saturday night during the 7:05 p.m. game.
Like the infamously secret Air Force base in Nevada, the Spikes home game will feature out-of-this-world experiences that have never been seen before, like 51-cent hot dogs. Unlike the real Area 51, though, the Spikes are making it easier to storm the ballpark with outfield bleacher seats available for just $5.10.
Signs of previous visits to Earth from those outside our world will also be displayed on the Medlar Field at Lubrano Park video board, giving stormers the chance to "see them aliens" throughout the night.
In addition, the Spikes' nightly 50/50 Raffle will change for one night to the 51/49 raffle, with 51% of the proceeds going to the SETI Institute, which searches the universe for extraterrestrial life.
Plus, select fans will be chosen for a "Naruto run" competition to get some practice in before September.
More highlights of the homestand include Astronomy Night and a Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration to go with Senior (55+) Prom Night featuring "A Night Under the Stars" Post-Game Senior (55+) Dance on Saturday, Paint the Park Purple Night featuring a post-game FIREWORKS show presented by Home Instead, Juniper Village and Grane Hospice Care on Sunday, and a Monday Buck Night presented by 95.3 FM 3WZ.
Tickets for all three games from Saturday to Monday, as well as every game on the 2019 home schedule, are currently on sale through the Spikes Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased by calling (814) 272-1711 or by visiting the Ticket Office in person from 9 a.m. to the end of the game on gamedays Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to the end of the game on gamedays Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on non-gamedays Monday through Friday.
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 6:50 p.m. with Spikes Live, presented by Mount Nittany Health, on the air from Monongalia County Ballpark. 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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