BATAVIA, N.Y. - Walker Gourley knocked in his team-leading eighth run of the season with a triple in the fourth inning, and Luis Heredia allowed just one earned run over five innings, but the State College Spikes saw their five-game winning streak fall by the wayside with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Batavia Muckdogs on Tuesday night at Dwyer Stadium.
Heredia (0-1), the 17-year-old right-hander who is rated by Baseball America as the fifth-best prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, yielded an unearned run in the first inning and an earned run in the second inning, but suffered no further damage on the scoreboard. The native of Mexico suffered the loss after giving up eight hits but did not walk a batter while striking out three over his tenure on the mound.
Batavia (4-5) scratched its first run across in the opening inning after a one-out error and an RBI double by Garrett Wittels. The Muckdogs added a marker in the second inning when Jonathan Keener tripled off of Heredia with one out and scored on Jordan Walton's base hit one batter later.
State College (6-3) responded in the fourth inning when Yhonathan Barrios delivered a two-out single to right field and stole second base, setting the table for Gourley's RBI triple to cut the Batavia lead to 2-1.
However, the Spikes would not get any closer, as the Muckdogs added a run in the seventh inning.