STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The Jamestown Jammers used a big second inning Wednesday night to put away the State College Spikes early and win consecutive games for the first time in more than three weeks.
Jamestown scored five runs in the second inning and added three more in the fifth to defeat the Spikes, 9-2, in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.
The victory lifted Jamestown 22-30, marking the first time it had back-to-back wins since July 23 when it defeated Auburn, 9-6, in a suspended game and 19-2 in a regular nine-inning game at Diethrick Park.
Anthony Gomez started off the second inning against Jason Creasy with a single, Yeison Hernandez singled and Juancito Martinez was safe on an error by second baseman Jodaneli Carvajal as a run scored to make it 1-0. Martinez was credited with an RBI.
Michael Main walked to fill the bases and Cody Keefer had RBI on an infield out. Jesus Solorzano was hit by a pitch and Viosergy Rosa walked to force home the third run. Matt Juengel capped the inning with a two-run single.
State College closed the gap to 5-2 in the third versus Drew Steckenrider. A walk to Chris Diaz and singles by Samuel Gonzalez and Carvajal loaded the bases with nobody out. Infield outs by Tyler Gaffney and Walker Gourley provided the lone runs by the Spikes.
In the fifth, Martinez drove in the second and third Jamestown runs with a two-run single that scored Gomez, who reached on an error, and Sharif Othman, who had walked. Hernandez, who singled, scored on a double play grounder by Michael Main.
Martinez made it four RBIs on a sacrifice fly that plated Othman to complete the scoring for the Jammers.
Steckenrider went four innings and fanned eight and walked two while giving up two runs as his earned run average went to 3.63.
Beau Wright (2-4) was the winner with three hitless innings followed by Miguel Fermin going the final two scoreless innings for the Jammers. The three pitchers for Jamestown combined for 14 strikeouts.
The teams play again today at 7:05 p.m.