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Spikes blank Black Bears in 2-0 win

Higgins, Culliver, Seigler combine to hold West Virginia to four hits
Kiernan Higgins, seen here in one of his 13 previous relief appearances, started the Spikes' shutout with four innings of work to lower his ERA to a league-best 0.44. (Steve Manuel)
July 17, 2021

BOX SCORE/PLAY-BY-PLAY (via PitchAware) GRANVILLE, W.Va. – State College Spikes hurlers Kiernan Higgins, Josh Culliver and Blake Seigler combined to hold the West Virginia Black Bears to four hits and give the Spikes their second shutout win of the season, a 2-0 victory on Friday night at Monongalia County Ballpark.

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

GRANVILLE, W.Va. – State College Spikes hurlers Kiernan Higgins, *Josh Culliver *and *Blake Seigler *combined to hold the West Virginia Black Bears to four hits and give the Spikes their second shutout win of the season, a 2-0 victory on Friday night at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Higgins came into the game as State College’s (17-22) top reliever with two saves and a 0.54 ERA over 13 relief appearances, but acquitted himself well to a starting role for the first time in the Major League Baseball Draft League season. The Shippensburg right-hander yielded just one hit and one walk over four innings, striking out four batters along the way and lowering his ERA to 0.44, best in the MLB Draft League for anyone pitching at least 20 innings this season.

Culliver (1-2) followed with a pair of frames in which he allowed one hit and one walk while striking out four to pick up the win. The Minnesota righty has overcome a rough start to his Spikes tenure to post a 1.80 ERA since June 29.

Seigler (2) matched Higgins for the team lead in saves by tossing three two-hit innings to complete the shutout. The University of South Carolina-Aiken right-hander struck out four batters without a walk to shut the door on the league-leading Black Bears (22-12).

Michael Slaten *plated the Spikes’ first run with a double to score *Luke Seidel *in the third inning. Slaten then followed Seidel’s RBI groundout in the ninth by adding a triple to his ledger. Seidel and *Lukas Cook each produced multi-hit games for State College as well.

West Virginia starter *Patrick Pridgen *(2-1) took the loss despite a quality start. Pridgen tossed six innings of one-run ball, giving up six hits and two walks while recording six strikeouts.

The game was delayed one hour, 12 minutes at the outset by rain in the area.

The Spikes now return home to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park to begin the home stretch of the 2021 MLB Draft League season with a weekend series against the Williamsport Crosscutters. Starting pitchers for Saturday’s 6:35 p.m. game have not yet been determined for either team.

Fans can join the Spikes and Mount Nittany Health *in the fight against breast cancer at the annual *Paint the Park Pink Night *on Saturday. The first 250 fans through the gates will receive a *Pink Spikes Mask Giveaway, presented by Mount Nittany Health, with additional masks for sale at $10 apiece. A portion of the proceeds from Pink Spikes Mask sales will go to the Mount Nittany Health Foundation *to support the work of the *Breast Care Center at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

After the game, the skies will light up with *FIREWORKS *presented by Mount Nittany Health.

It’s also a Super Saturday, *presented by *PA Lottery *and *B94.5, featuring great chances to win big throughout the night. The fun includes Baseball Bingo, with the first 10 Bingo winners entered into a drawing on August 7 for the Baseball Bingo Ultimate Prize Pack, featuring a 70-inch Ultra HD Smart TV.

The series concludes on a Sunday Funday, *presented by *Bigfoot Country Legends, *featuring the interactive fun of *TikTok Night. Gates will open at 3:00 p.m. for Sunday’s 4:05 game against Williamsport.

Tickets for both weekend games, as well as every game remaining on the 2021 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 Saturday 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.