(Salisbury, MD- June 24, 2014)- The West Virginia Power beat the Delmarva Shorebirds 6-5 in 14 innings on Tuesday evening at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. The Power and Shorebirds combined for 37 hits over 112 at bats with ten walks.
Delmarva took a 3-0 lead in the home half of the first inning, knocking Power starter Buddy Borden out of the game after just 35 pitches. Jeff Kemp hit a two-run home run to open the scoring and Drew Dosch crossed on a fielder's choice. West Virginia plated a run in the third on a sac fly and cut the deficit down to one with a run-scoring single by Reese McGuire in the fifth.
After the Shorebirds added a run in the bottom of the fifth, the Power scored once in the sixth on a Chris Diaz double and once in the seventh courtesy a two-base hit from Edwin Espinal to tie the game at four.
Each team had opportunities to plate the go-ahead or winning run, but neither club could score through ine complete. West Virginia had at least one runner on base in every inning except the 12th while Delmarva had runners on in each inning except the fourth, ninth and tenth.
In the 14th, Erich Weiss was hit by a pitch and scored from first on a double by Wyatt Mathisen. With two down, Ashley Ponce singled in Mathisen for a 6-4 lead. The Shorebirds scored once against Clario Perez in the bottom of the 14th, but the reliever finished off the game and stranded the tying and winning runs on base for Delmarva.
Perez (2-1) earned the win as the fifth pitcher of the game for the Power while Donnie Hart (0-1) took the loss after giving up both runs in the 14th; his lone inning of work. All nine Power starters had at least one hit and seven players had multi-hit games.
West Virginia and Delmarva play the third game of this series on Wednesday night. The Power will throw Cody Dickson against the Shorebirds Mitch Horacek at 7:05 pm