WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport's pitching was able to hold the State College Spikes to a season-low two hits as the Crosscutters took the final SawBuck Series matchup of the season, 4-1, at Historic Bowman Field Friday.
Both State College (37-37) hits were leadoff doubles, as David Rubinstein and Justin Byler delivered two-base hits in the second and fourth innings, respectively. However, neither Spike made it past third base as Williamsport (40-34) was able to retire 12 straight State College batters from the fourth to seventh innings.
The Spikes took advantage of a pair of errors in the eighth inning to get on the scoreboard with an RBI groundout by Brock Holt, but could not put together a ninth-inning rally.
Nick Hernandez (8-1) started and earned the win for Williamsport to pull into a tie for second in the league in victories with State College's Tyler Cox, Lowell's Jose Alvarez, and Brooklyn's Collin McHugh. Hernandez pitched six shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out eight. Chad Poe (1) picked up the save for Williamsport by finishing the gem with three innings. State College starter Victor Black (1-2) took the loss after allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk through three innings. Black struck out three in the effort.
With the win, the Crosscutters drew even in the 2009 SawBuck Series, 6-6, and tied the all-time series, 24-24.
Saturday, the Spikes start their final series of the season, a two-game set at the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.