NILES (AP) – Matt Duce hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, leading the State College Spikes to a 5-2 win over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Thursday.
The home run by Duce scored Terry Fuller to give the Spikes a 4-2 lead.
The Spikes tacked on another run in the ninth when Duce hit an RBI single, bringing home Moises Castillo.
Fabian Blanco (1-0) got the win with three innings of scoreless, one-hit relief while Francis Cespedes (2-3) took the loss in the New York-Penn League game.
With the win, State College improved to 6-3 against Mahoning Valley this season.
The Scrappers open a three-game series tonight against the Doubledays in Auburn, N.Y.