State College, PA -- The Crosscutters out-hit the Spikes on "Timber Night" in State College, as they were able to avoid the sweep with a 3-2 road win.
Pitching highlighted the first two games of the series and the same could be said for the third game of the series, as Cutters starter Ramon Rosso and Spikes starter Jonathon Mulford each provided string outings despite neither factoring into the decision.
Rosso retired the first six batters that he faced before giving up a lead off single in the top of the 3rd inning to Matt Davis. Rosso was able to strand Davis at 3rd base, to record three stright scoreless innings to start the game.
State College would break through in the bottom of the 4th inning against Rosso. Scott Hurst drew a lead off walk, which was followed by by a single from Bryce Denton to put runners on 1st and 2nd for Yariel Gonzalez.
Gonzalez ripped a book-rule double to deep right-center to score Hurst and give the Spikes a 1-0 lead and giving Gonzalez his league-leading 33rd RBI of the season.
Josh Lopez followed with an RBI single to plate Bryce Denton to give State College a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th inning. For Denton it was the third time in the series he scored a run.
Rosso was able to work out of the 4th inning and then proceeded to throw two more scoreless innings of relief, finishing the night with six innings of work. The right-hander allowed five hits and two walks while striking out six in his longest start in a Crosscutters uniform.
Williamsport was able to scratch their first run across in the top of the 6th inning, getting a RBI double from Josh Stephen that scored Nick Maton to make it a 2-1 deficit. It was the 26th RBI of the season, moving him into a tie with Jhailyn Ortiz for the team lead.
Jake Scheiner tied the game with a lead off home run in the top of the 7th inning off of Spikes starter Jonathon Mulford. The home run was the 3rd of the season fro Scheiner and his first since July 24th. It also gave him his 14th RBI of the season.
In the top of the 8th, Greg Pickett provided a one-out double to left field, beating the shift to give the Cutters a runner in scoring position. Cole Stobbe gave the Cutters their first lead of the night with a double off the wall in left field, plating Pickett and giving Williamsport a 3-2 advantage on Stobbe's 8th two-bagger of the season, giving him his 22nd RBI.
Kyle Dohy was spectacular in relief, the lefty walked the first batter he faced in the top of the 7th inning, retiring him on a strike'em-out throw'em-out double play with the help of Rodolfo Duran.
Dohy struck out the final five batters he faced, finishing the night with a pair of shutout, hitless innings of work as he earned his second win of the season.
Luis Ramirez tossed a perfect 9th inning to capture in New York-Penn League leading 11th save of the season while finishing his league-leading 17th game on the year as the Crosscutters avoided the sweep at the hands of the State College Spikes.
The Crosscutters return home tomorrow, where they will start their final homestand of the regular season. Williamsport takes on Auburn in a doubleheader, with first pitch scheduled for 5:05 p.m. At BB&T Ballpark.
Cutter Carvings - The Crosscutters improved to 5-6 against the Spikes with two more meetings left, both in State College... The Crosscutters recorded four doubles and a home run in the win, which were the only extra-base hits of the series... Williamsport recorded eight hits in the win, doubling their output from the first two games combined...
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