Williamsport, Penn. - The State College Spikes broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth on a two-run homer to left by Andrew Warner (7th) to emerge with a 4-2 victory over the Williamsport Crosscutters on Monday night at BB&T Ballpark. The three-game series is even at one game each entering the scheduled rubber match on Tuesday in Happy Valley.
Nicolas Torres collected two of his team's five hits and is now 11-for-20 in his last five games. He also played in the outfield for the first time in his career. Herbert Iser had an RBI on a sacrifice fly.
Bryson Stott made his debut at third base one day after trying it out at second base. He made a sparkling bare-hand play on a slow tapper to the left of the mound while going 1-for-4 at the plate with a run scored.
Spencer Van Scoyoc (ND) was effective out of the pen with three innings of two-hit shutout ball that included four strikeouts. Gabriel Yanez (L, 0-1) took the loss for the Cutters surrendering Warner's two-run bomb in the eighth.
The result ends a two-game win streak for Williamsport (22-35) while also snapping a two-game losing skid for State College (28-28).
The Cutters took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Iser's sac fly to left that brought in Logan O'Hoppe from third ahead of the relay throw. Kendall Simmons had walked and was forced out on a grounder by Logan O'Hoppe. Consecutive singles by D.J Stewart and Nicolas Torres loaded the bases with one out but State College starter Emmanuel Solano worked out of it with minimal damage on the sac fly and a strikeout of Johan Rojas.
Williamsport had almost contributed some damage the inning before but Stott's blast to right in a bid for a third homer in two days fell just short and was caught on a jumping effort at the wall by Terry Fuller.
The Spikes quickly bounced back in the top of the third with a pair of unearned runs against Brett Schulze. A walk of Stanley Espinal and a single for Moises Castillo set it up for David Vinsky whose tapper behind the mound was thrown away by shortstop Kendall Simmons allowing one run to score. Terry Fuller hit a fly to right deep enough to bring in Castillo for the go-ahead run and a 2-1 advantage.
The Cutters bounced back to tie the game in the sixth on a double-play ground out by Logan O'Hoppe. But the play brought in Stott from third who lead off the inning with an opposite-field single to left and then advanced when Simmons reached on a fielding error at second on a slow grounder that was booted away.
The Spikes pushed back for the victory on Warner's impressive launch to left well past the visitors' bullpen for the winning two-run homer in the eighth off Yanez.
Williamsport will wrap up the three-game series on Tuesday at State College with LHP Chris Micheles scheduled to start. The Cutters are opening a season-long seven-game road-trip with trips to State College, Auburn and West Virginia.
- Nicolas Torres is 11-for-20 in his last six games. Torres played in left field for the first time in his career.
- Bryson Stott is 9-for-17 in his last five games with two doubles and three home runs. Stott played at third base for the first time in his career.
- The Cutters are 12-8 in the second of the season after going 10-27 in the first half.
- State College leads the rivalry series 7-3 with still four more scheduled encounters between the Cutters and Spikes.
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