Jamestown suffered its fourth loss in five games on Thursday night when the State College Spikes handed the Jammers a 4-2 setback in the opening game of a doubleheader.
But the hosts' disappointment was short-lived as they bounced back with a 2-1 victory in the nightcap to earn the split in New York-Penn League action at Diethrick Park.
In the top of the first of game one, Spikes' centerfielder Walker Gourley reached second base after opening the inning with a walk and with two outs, catcher Jacob Stallings walked and right fielder Jesus Vasquez singled to score Gourley and Stallings for a 2-0 lead, but the Jammers answered quickly in the bottom of the inning.
Center fielder Kolby Copeland walked and with two outs and catcher Sharif Othman doubled against Spikes starter Luis Heredia to right to bring Copeland home, trimming the lead to 2-1.
State College, however, increased its lead in the top of the second. Second baseman Jimmy Rider reached on a throwing error by shortstop Yeison Hernandez and left fielder Jonathan Schwind moved Rider to second on a sacrifice bunt. First baseman Jared Lakind then drilled a double to center to score Rider for the 3-1 advantage.
The scored stayed the same until the bottom of the fifth when Hernandez hit a triple to right field and later scored on a sacrifice fly and the Jammers closed the gap to 3-2. Heredia was then replaced by Josh Smith after 4 innings.
Jammers' starter Mason Hope went six full innings, giving up just four hits and three runs with four strikeouts and four walks. He was replaced by Jose Rodriguez.
In the top of the seventh with two outs, Dave Valesente walked and the Spikes added another run after Gourley slammed a triple to center, making it 4-2.
Kyle Haines came in to replace Smith as the Jammers came to bat in the bottom of the inning.
Juancito Martinez singled on a ground ball to start things off, but Michael Main was called out on strikes and Copeland grounded into the double play to end the game.
Smith ended up with the win (2-1) for the Spikes as Haynes picked up his seventh save.
Hope dropped to 3-4 as he took the loss for the Jammers.
In the second game, Jamestown got on the board first with two runs in the third inning of Spikes starter Dalton Friend.
Juancito Martinez reached on a fielding error and Copeland walked with one out, moving Martinez to second. Viosergy Rosa followed with a single to right, allowing Martinez to score and Copeland headed to third. Copeland then scored on a groundout by Michael Vaughn.
The Spikes closed the gap to 2-1 in the top of the fifth after Jared Lakind walked and moved to second on a single by Gourley. Chris Diaz dropped a sacrifice bunt that moved Lakind and Gourley into scoring position. With D. J. Crumlich batting, Jammers reliever Beau Wright uncorked a wild pitch that brought Lakind home.
Jheyson Manzueta replaced Wright in the top of the sixth and he sailed the rest of the way to get the save for Jamestown while Wright (3-4) picked up the victory. Friend was the losing pitcher for the Spikes, who will be back at Diethrick Park tonight at 7:05 to take on the Jammers.