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Spikes lose first game of Double header versus Black Bears

Spikes fall early West Virginia Black Bears

Resume from rained out game from Wednesday August 10th. The Spikes found themselves down 1-0 to the Bears after just a little less than a half inning of play. Dewin Perez led off the second day on the mound for the Spikes. The Bears scored in the first on a solo shot by Stephen Alamais.
After a 3-up/ 3-down first for the Spikes, West Virginia took advantage of Perez’s pitching as they picked up five runs in the second.
With one out, Ty Moore started things off with a single. Teammate Sammy Santos followed as he hustled out an infield hit to the third base side.
Hunter Owen picked up an RBI on a gapper to bring in Moore. Chris Harvey reached on a fielders’ choice to load the bases.
Stephen Mahala, Alamais and Will Craig used their patience to bring in three more as they all picked up RBI walks to up the lead to 5-0.
Kevin Kraus ended the West Virginia scoring in the inning scoring teammate Mahala on a RBI sacrifice fly to center, upping the lead to 6-0.
State College batting was held at bay until the bottom of the fifth.
With two out, Vince Jackson walked to set the stage to clean up hitter Ryan McCarvel.
McCarvel took a Black Bears pitch deep over the centerfield fence, cutting the lead to 7-2.
The Spikes refused to go away, posting yet another run in the bottom of the seventh.
Riley Drongesen led off things with a double off the wall in center field and moved up to third thanks to a single pop into right centerfield by Elier Rodriguez.
Drongesen scored on a West Virginia wild pitch, cutting more into the lead, 7-3.
In the 8th, the Spikes added another run thanks to a double by Mick Fennell. Fennell later scored on two consecutive Sac flies to bring the game to within three.
But unfortunately, it was too little and too late to complete the comeback attempt as the Black Bears added some insurance runs in the bottom of the ninth causing State College to fall in game one,8-4.

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