The State College Spikes needed a win to remain in playoff contention — and they got a convincing one Sunday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
The Spikes shut out the Auburn Doubledays 8-0 in University Park and are now just two games back in both the Pinckney Division and the wildcard race. There are four games left in the regular season.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out, Matt Davis singled on a line drive to right and two Spikes walked to load the bases. Yariel Gonzalez then drove in two runs on his first pitch — on another line drive to right field. Josh Lopez added another score on a line drive to left, before the Spikes’ next two batters both flew out.
With the win, the Spikes are now 39-32. Auburn is 27-44.
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Player of the game
State College pitcher Daniel Castano: Over eight innings, he allowed just three hits while striking out seven and walking two. Doubledays batters just couldn’t figure him out. He now holds a 2.57 ERA and a 9-3 record, matching the Spikes’ franchise record for pitching wins in a season.
Received: Catcher Irving Wilson was received Sunday from Rookie-level Johnson City. The native of Los Mochis, Mexico, hit .255 with 17 RBIs over 30 games for Johnson City this season.
Other changes: Infielder Imedlo Diaz’s number has changed from 34 to 4, and fellow infielder Irving Lopez’s number has changed from 21 to 15.
Auburn Doubledays at State College Spikes, noon Monday: The Spikes’ Andrew Summerville (4-0, 1.62 ERA) will take on Boalsburg native Nick Raquet (2-2, 2.78 ERA), who faced the Spikes earlier this season. In the last meeting, Raquet allowed two hits and one run over five innings. Monday will also serve as another “Bark in the Park” promotion, in which dogs are allowed to watch the game with their owners.