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Hurlers lead team effort in Spikes win over W'port

Trae Robertson earned the win in relief on Saturday, taking over in the fifth after Josh Culliver's strong start and adding four scoreless innings of his own to help the Spikes top Williamsport, 7-1. (Steve Manuel)
August 8, 2021

BOX SCORE/PLAY-BY-PLAY (via PitchAware) UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Josh Culliver and Trae Robertson each delivered four solid innings on the mound, and the State College Spikes kept piling on the offense in a 7-1 victory over the Williamsport Crosscutters on Saturday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Culliver started

BOX SCORE/PLAY-BY-PLAY (via PitchAware)

U_NIVERSITY PARK, Pa._ – Josh Culliver and Trae Robertson each delivered four solid innings on the mound, and the State College Spikes kept piling on the offense in a 7-1 victory over the Williamsport Crosscutters on Saturday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Culliver started the game and produced his best performance with the Spikes (25-30-3), allowing one run on three hits, one walk and one hit batsman. The University of Minnesota right-hander also struck out two batters and retired seven straight batters at one point.

Robertson (3-0) then took over and held the Crosscutters (25-28-3) to two hits, two walks and a hit batsman while striking out four batters over four scoreless frames. The Missouri righty, who joined State College after the Major League Baseball Draft, is now tied for the team lead in wins with three.

The Spikes fell behind early on Trey Steffler’s RBI single to left in the top of the first but responded with Zacchaeus Rasberry’s run-scoring groundout in the bottom half.

State College then took control of the game with a four-run third. Brady Brecklin brought in the first tally of the frame with a fielder’s choice, followed by a wild pitch that scored Cameron Lee. Marques Paige then delivered a two-run single to finish the damage in that inning.

Lukas Cook’s RBI single in the fifth and Rasberry’s RBI single in the seventh tacked on additional runs to build the Spikes’ lead.

Luke Seidel also drove the Spikes’ offense by reaching base four times on two hits, including a triple, and two walks. Seidel added a stolen base and scored two runs as well.

Austin Cheeley pitched a scoreless, two-hit ninth to finish things out on the mound for State College.

Williamsport starter Will Allen (0-2) took the loss after yielding five runs, four of them earned, on two hits, four walks and a hit batsman over three innings. Allen struck out four batters in the effort.

Sunday, the Spikes finish their three-game series against the Crosscutters with a 4:05 p.m. matchup at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Spikes fans, human and canine alike, are invited to join together to celebrate the life of our beloved four-legged friend, Bob the Baseball Dog, at the fourth and final Bark in the Park of the season, presented by the Centre Daily Times. Fans can bring their dogs to Sunday’s game and do what Bob loved most – have fun at the ballpark.

In addition, the first 200 pups entering through Gate G get a Spikes Purple Bandana Giveaway presented by Juniper Village at Brookline, and after the game, the basepaths will open for Dogs and Kids Run the Bases Home Run Edition.

It’s also a Sunday Funday presented by Bigfoot Country Legends, featuring $3 hard seltzers from 3-5 p.m. and $3 ice cream sundaes all game long.

Tickets to Sunday’s game and all three games remaining on the 2021 home schedule, including LuCKy’s Kia Lease Giveaway presented by Lion Country Kia on Thursday and the FIREWORKS From the Field Grand Finale Extravaganza presented by Starfire Corporation at Friday’s season finale, 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 Sunday via the Spikes Radio Network, presented by Penn State Sports Medicine, Official Healthcare Provider of Penn State Athletics, starting with Spikes Live, presented by Mount Nittany Health, on the air from Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The game can be viewed worldwide on the *MLB Draft League *streaming platform at MLBDraftLeague.com/streaming, along with the “Listen Live” link on StateCollegeSpikes.com and the *TuneIn Radio *app.

Attendance: 4,386

Time of Game: 2:42