STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The State College Spikes cruised into the New York-Penn League championship series with a 6-0 victory over the Jamestown Jammers on Sunday to win the semifinal series, 2-1.
After Jamestown jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the series opener at Diethrick Park on Friday night, a game it won, 6-5, the Spikes outscored the Jammers 23-4 over the remainder of that game and in the next two at State College.
State College will travel to Troy to open up the championship series on Tuesday against the Tri-City ValleyCats. The second game and third, if necessary, will be at State College on Wednesday and Thursday.
State College opened up a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Sunday when Cesar Valera singled with one out and came home on a home run to right field by David Washington
The Spikes added another run in the second.
Leadoff batter Michael Schulze was hit by pitch from Jamestown starting pitcher Cody Dickson. He moved to third on a single by Mason Katz and scored when Jimmy Bosco grounded into a double play.
In the fifth inning, State College moved its lead to 5-0.
Bosco led off with a double and scored when Luis Perez followed with another double. Perez eventually scored the fifth run all the way from second base on a groundout.
The final State College run scored in the eighth inning when Steven Ramos led off with a triple and scored on a two-out single by Washington.
Keeping the Jammers in check with on four hits, all singles, were starting pitcher Andrew Pierce, who went seven innings and fanned seven. Reliever Mitch Harris pitched the final two innings and allowed no hits, walked one and struck out two.
Jamestown starter Dickson went five innings and allowed five hits while reliever Henry Hirsch went three innings and gave up two hits.
Of the seven hits the Spikes recorded, two were doubles while there was a home run and a triple.