(Hickory, NC- July 24, 2014)- The West Virginia Power lost 4-1 to the Hickory Crawdads on Thursday at L.P. Frans Stadium. After a one hour and 28 minute delayed start, the Crawdads plated two in the fifth and two in the eighth to send the Power to their second straight loss.
West Virginia took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. JaCoby Jones singled and moved to third on a double by Austin Meadows. With one down, Reese McGuire drove in Jones with a sacrifice fly. It was McGuire 31st run batted in this season and staked the Power starter Buddy Borden to the edge.
Borden allowed a lead-off single in the bottom of the first before retiring the next nine Hickory batters. In the fifth, the Crawdads scored two runs with two outs. With runners on first and second, Luis Marte singled in Jairo Beras to even the score at one. Michael De Leon followed with a single to center to drive in Travis Demeritte for a 2-1 Hickory lead.
West Virginia put the tying run on the bases in seventh and eighth innings, but could not even the score against the Crawdads bullpen. Nomar Mazara's 16th home run of the year, off Isaac Sanchez in the bottom of the eighth, provided two runs of insurance to seal the Hickory win.
Borden (5-7) took the loss after allowing two runs on four hits over five innings while striking out seven and walking one. Scott Williams (1-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief behind Crawdads starter Cole Wiper. Ryne Slack worked the final five outs for his fourth save of the season. Jones went 3-4 to pace the Power attack while Meadows had two doubles and extended his hitting streak to eight consecutive games.
West Virginia and Hickory conclude this series at 7:00 pm on Friday night. Dovydas Neverauskas will start for the Power against the Crawdads Akeem Bostick. West Virginia continues its current road trip through July 29 with a four-game set at Rome's State Mutual Stadium.