UNIVERSITY?PARK - Jamestown's Kevin Mattison snapped a tie game with an RBI double in the top of the ninth to tag State College with another one-run defeat, 7-6, at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park Thursday night.
Jamestown (35-23) had two previous chances at breaking the game open in the seventh and eighth innings.
But State College (11-46), led by reliever Alan Knotts, allowed Jamestown just one run from a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the seventh, and no runs from a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the eighth.
The Spikes came back from two runs down in the seventh to force a 6-6 tie.
After Jamestown's Kedrick Martin issued walks to Chad Rice and Butch Biela, Chase d'Arnaud doubled to left-center to drive them both in setting up the ninth inning.
Mark Carver hit his first professional home run for the Spikes to put them ahead, 4-2, in the fourth inning.
Jamestown came back to take the lead with three runs in the fifth, and then scored another from the bases-loaded situation in the seventh to take the lead, 6-4.
D'Arnaud ended the game 2-for-5 with a double and three runs batted in.
Rice also contributed two hits, two runs scored, and a stolen base.
The loss was the 10th straight for the Spikes, as well as their 10th straight loss in a one-run game. Seven of the 10 losses in the Spikes' current losing string have been by a single run.
The Spikes managed to benefit from good defense in the game.
State College's Butch Biela threw out the Jammers' Brandon Turner at the plate in the third inning to complete a double play.
Brandon Todd (3-2) earned the win for Jamestown, holding the Spikes off of the board for the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing only a hit and a walk.
Yoffri Martinez (2-3) took the loss for the Spikes by allowing Mattison's tiebreaking double in the ninth inning. Martinez also struck out one.
The Spikes and Jammers face off at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park Friday night at 7:05 p.m.
State College sends right-hander Brian Leach (1-1) to the mound to face Jamestown lefty Wade Korpi (5-1).