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Spikes fall to Crosscutters, 5-4, on Friday

The Spikes picked up stellar efforts, including Luke Seidel's three hits, but fell to Williamsport, 5-4, on Friday. (Daniel Althouse)
August 7, 2021

BOX SCORE/PLAY-BY-PLAY (via PitchAware) UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Luke Seidel collected three hits to lead the State College Spikes offense, and Zach Taglieri posted a quality start on the mound, but the Williamsport Crosscutters slipped past the Spikes, 5-4, on Friday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Seidel started

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

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.Luke Seidel collected three hits to lead the State College Spikes offense, and Zach Taglieri posted a quality start on the mound, but the Williamsport Crosscutters slipped past the Spikes, 5-4, on Friday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Seidel started the Spikes’ (24-30-3) night with a leadoff double in the first, then stole third and scored on Trent Lewis’s RBI groundout. The State College outfielder then singled the in the fifth and led off the bottom of the ninth with a single. However, Seidel was ruled out in an apparent force play as part of a unique game-ending double play that also included a runner called out for passing him on the basepaths.

Taglieri kept the Spikes in the game with six quality innings in which he allowed three runs on five hits. The North Greenville (S.C.) right-hander walked three batters and hit four to tie a franchise record while also recording five strikeouts.

After a two-run first, the Spikes fell behind, 3-2, in the second when Ramon Bramasco was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Isaac Nunez drove in two runs with a two-out single. State College tied the game on Darryl Loyd III’s RBI single in the sixth before Williamsport (25-27-3) took the lead in the seventh after Bramasco scored on a wild pitch.

The Spikes tied the game for the second time on Brian Morrell’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh. However, the Crosscutters took the lead for good in the ninth when Nunez walked, stole second, moved to third on an errant throw from the catcher on the stolen base, and made a daring steal of home on a return throw to the pitcher.

State College reliever Blake Seigler (1-1) took the loss after allowing one unearned run on one walk while striking out two batters in his only inning of work.

Williamsport reliever Will Riley (1-0) picked up the win with two innings of one-run ball, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out two batters in the process. Chase Plymell (3) escaped the ninth inning with no runs against him on one hit while striking out one batter to notch his third save of the season. Plymell is now tied for second in the Major League Baseball Draft League in that category.

Saturday, the Spikes will take on the Crosscutters at 6:35 p.m. in the middle game of their three-game series at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Fans will be wowed by another chance to watch FIREWORKS From the Field this weekend with a spectacular post-game display presented by College Township. All fans are invited to come down onto the outfield grass for an unprecedented view of all three remaining newly enhanced and lengthened FIREWORKS shows from the Spikes and their official FIREWORKS provider, Starfire Corporation.

It’s also College Township Community Night, with a second consecutive FREE Kids Zone! presented by Friends of Jake Corman all game long.

Plus, the final Baseball Bingo of the season will take place, with up to ten winners joining all previous Baseball Bingo winners from throughout the season in a post-game drawing for the Baseball Bingo Ultimate Prize Pack, including a 70-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV.

The fun also includes Super Saturday, presented by the PA Lottery and B94.5, with great chances to win big all night long.

The weekend set concludes on Sunday as the Spikes will honor the late, great Bob the Baseball Dog with a Celebration of Life as part of Bark in the Park at the ballpark, presented by the Centre Daily Times. Fans are invited to bring their favorite four-legged friend to the ballpark and do what Bob loved best – have a great time at the Spikes game.

Sunday’s game will also feature a Spikes Purple Bandana Giveaway presented by Juniper Village at Brookline to the first 200 dogs who enter through Gate G.

Additionally, fans who were part of the historic, record crowd of 7,183 on July 4 can relive that spirit with a $4 ticket discount for all ten remaining home games. The $4 discount, which excludes seats in the Geisinger Champions Club and Pepsi Picnic Pavilion, can be claimed by presenting a digital or printed ticket from the Spikes’ Fourth of July game at the Spikes Ticket Office.

Tickets to Saturday and Sunday’s games, both remaining FIREWORKS From the Field dates, and all four games 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.

Attendance: 4,293

Time of Game: 3:09