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Lake Monsters widen lead

The Vermont Lake Monsters continue to enjoy success in the 2010 season. After losing two in a row on the road against the State College Spikes last Sunday and Monday, including a 13-2 thumping on Monday, Vermont bounced back to take the third game last Tuesday 3-1. They then went on to defeat the Aberdeen Iron Birds 6-1 last Wednesday to open a six game home stand. After the back-to-back wins the Lake Monsters were 19-7 and had widened their lead over the Connecticut Tigers to 6 games in the New York-Penn League's Stedlar Division.

After winning the opener of their three game series on Sunday, July 11th 3-0 the State College Spikes brought the bats on Monday and destroyed Vermont pitching with a 13-2 win in the second game. The Spikes produced twenty hits to put back-to-back losses on Vermont for the first time this year.

Vermont (17-7), which came into the game having allowed the fewest hits (161) in the New York-Penn League this season, gave up the most hits by a Lake Monsters team since Jamestown had 21 hits on August 19, 2009 at Centennial Field in a 13-0 Jammers win.

The Spikes used a walk and four hits in the bottom of the first inning to score four runs off Vermont starter Matt Swynenberg (2-1), who had allowed just one run on 11 hits over 22 innings in his first four starts of the season. State College scored two more runs on five hits in the second inning to chase Swynenberg, who gave up six runs on nine hits in just two innings on Monday.

Three more runs on three hits and two walks off reliever Cameron Selik gave the Spikes a 9-1 lead after three innings. Vermont used five pitchers in the game with each pitcher allowing at least one run. After four doubles in a 3-0 win over Vermont Sunday, State College added five doubles and a solo homer among its 20 hits in Monday's win.

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