State College, Pa. - Bryson Stott hit his second home run as a Crosscutter and his third as a pro but it wasn't enough as the State College Spikes rallied for a 5-2 win with a three-run tie-breaking rally in the eighth inning. State College evened the series at one-game apiece with the rubber match slated for Monday at 7:05 p.m.
Stott turned on a 1-2 pitch in the sixth inning by Spikes starter Scott Politz and lifted it over the 18.5 foot wall in right at Medlar Field. The Phillies first-rounder's long ball tied the game at 2-2. Stott also had a single in the first inning to go 2-for-4. Both of Stott's homers with Williamsport have come in Sunday road games including last week at Aberden, Md. in his first at bat with the Cutters.
Catcher Logan O'Hoppe continued his torrid hitting pace with a 3-for-4 game that included a double and a triple. Both of his extra base-hits were to the deep gap in left-center. O'Hoppe is a 19-year-old catcher from Long Island, N.Y. who has knocked out ten extra-base hits in the last nine games including four doubles, two triples and three home runs. He has gone 13-34 (.382) in those mos recent nine contests.
Dariel Gomez brought home the winning run on his single to left in the eighth off Adam Cox (1-2). Two more runs followed on a bases loaded walk and a wild pitch.
The Cutters opened the scoring in the fourth on a triple way out to "The Nook" in left-center for Logan O'Hoppe. He was brought home one pitch later on Herbert Iser's sacrifice fly to deep center.
The Spikes responded in the bottom of the fourth beginning with a solo home run to right by Terry Fuller (2nd) off Cutters starter Adam Leverett. Pedro Pages then singled to right and eventually came around to score after another single and a double-play ball by Brylie Ware that the hosts up 2-1.
Stott evened the game in the sixth with his solo homer but the Spikes broke through with their rally in the bottom of the eighth against Cox.
O'Hoppe's double in the eighth all the way to the track fell just shy of the 410 foot sign and almost certainly would have been a home run in almost any other ball park. But the quirky dimensions of Medlar Field helped keep it in play and the Cutters were unable to break the 2-2 deadlock in the top of the eighth.
The Spikes' rally in the bottom of the eighth began with consecutive walks and then an advancement on a wild pitch. A ground out back to the pitcher led to an intentional free pass to load the bases setting up Dariel Gomez with the game-winning hit to left. A bases loaded walk and a wild pitch resulted in two more runs for the Spikes.
Willlamsport put two runners on base in the top of the ninth to bring the tying man to the plate but had their potentially rally cut short on a game-ending double play.
Erik Miller (Round 4, Stanford) pitched three strong shutout innings of relief with five strikeouts. Starter Adam Leverett (Round 15, Gordon State) allowed two runs in four innings including a solo home run for State College's Terry Fuller (2nd).
Corbin Williams recorded another steal in the third inning for his league-leading 19th swipe of the season.
The Crosscutters conclude their three-game series at State College on Monday at 7:05 p.m. with RHP Carlos Francisco slated to start.
The Williamsport Crosscutters return to BB&T Ballpark on Tuesday to open a three-game series with the Auburn Doubledays. Montoursville native and Hall of Fame inductee Mike Mussina will be honored before and during the Thursday game.
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