The West Virginia Power hammered the Savannah Sand Gnats 8-1 Wednesday night to take the first game in the three-game series. The Power (50-44) scattered fourteen hits off the usually stingy Gnats' pitching staff. The Gnats (53-39) got on the board in the top of the first thanks to LF Stefan Sabol's RBI triple. West Virginia answered in the bottom half with RF Josh Bell's sacrifice fly to left.
The Power would bust it open 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth with four singles, and an RBI groundout and a costly error by Gnat's 3B Jeff Reynolds. Gnats starter Gabriel Ynoa (10-4) suffered one of his worst outings on the year going five innings with ten hits, six runs, three earned.
Power starter Tyler Glasnow (6-2) went five strong innings of run one ball with five hits and pitched around three walks.
The hosting Power were not done with their offensive production as they added a DH Jonathan Schwind RBI single in the bottom of the fifth. They also tacked on two more insurance runs in the seventh on LF Raul Fortunato's two-run single. Twelve of West Virginia's hits Wednesday night were singles.
The same teams will square off for game two of Thursday night in Charleston with first pitched scheduled for 7:05. Probable starters: Savannah: Marcos Camarena (4-0 1.50) West Virginia: Clay Holmes (3-5 4.59)