Teddy Fallon (1-2) gave up the two runs in the eighth inning to take the loss for State College after starter Kyle McPherson had allowed three runs on five hits over the first six innings. Irvine was 3-for-5 with a double to go along with his second home run of the season for the Spikes (28-27).
Francisco Soriano was 2-for-3 with two runs and a double for Vermont, who snapped a five-game losing streak with the victory. Sean Nicol put the Lake Monsters ahead 1-0 in the third with a sac fly, giving Vermont three sacrifice flies in the game along with the Hood home run.
Yhonson Lopez tied the game with a two-run triple and then scored the winning run on a J.P. Ramirez sacrifice fly as the Vermont Lake Monsters scored four times in the bottom of the ninth inning for a come-from-behind 4-3 in game two over the State College Spikes Saturday night at historic Centennial Field.
The Lake Monsters had just two singles, both by Sean Nicol, over the first eight innings and trailed 3-0 as the bottom of the ninth began. J.R. Higley was hit by a pitch to leadoff the inning, moved to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a Justin Bloxom single and scored on a wild throw back to the infield by leftfielder Butch Biela.
After Adam Amar flew out, Sandy Leon singled to right-field to put runners on first and second with one out. Lopez, who was 1-for-13 in limited action this season, then grounded the first pitch from Alan Knotts down the right-field line for the two-run triple that tied the game.
State College walked Francisco Soriano and Sean Nicol to load the bases before Ramirez hit the first pitch he saw deep enough to leftfield to allow Lopez to score with the winning run. It was Vermont's first win in 2009 when trailing after eight innings (1-16) and also the largest deficit overcome to win a game this season.