Stratton's quality start, pair of homers just enough
HICKORY, N.C. (June 23, 2018) - A three-run homer from Brett Pope and a quality start from Hunter Stratton led West Virginia to an 8-6 win and a series sweep of the Hickory Crawdads Saturday evening at L.P. Frans Stadium.Stratton (3-3) worked a career-high six innings while wringing up six batters and allowing just
HICKORY, N.C. (June 23, 2018) - A three-run homer from
Stratton (3-3) worked a career-high six innings while wringing up six batters and allowing just four hits. After the first inning, Stratton set down 15 of the 16 batters he faced. The Walters State Community College product notched his first career quality start with the win Saturday.
Pope's home run came in the fifth after Hickory starter A.J. Alexy (2-6) allowed
Cruz's single advanced his hitting streak to a team-high 12 games. During that stretch, Cruz is averaging .426 (23-for-54) with two home runs and 11 RBI.
The Power infielder would tack on his second home run of his streak in the ninth with a one-out bomb over the 32-foot tall sign wall in right field, giving West Virginia an 8-6 lead that they would not relinquish. Cruz's homer was his 10th home run of the season, tying his season total from 2017 with the Great Lakes Loons and West Virginia.
Cruz was not the only member of West Virginia's lineup to continue their hitting streak.
West Virginia scored in the first inning for the third straight game. The offense did not get moving until Alexy had recorded the first two outs. The next batter,
In the bottom of the first, the Crawdads (0-3, 30-41) evened it up with three consecutive singles from Pedro Gonzalez, Ryan Dorow and Yohel Pozo. Pozo's single drove in Gonzalez and moved Dorow within 90 feet, a run that would have granted Hickory their first lead of the series.
In the second, West Virginia took the lead for a second time. Peurifoy lined a double down the right field line before advancing to third on a passed ball.
Following Stratton's stellar outing, the first West Virginia reliever,
After Cruz launched his ninth-inning homer that put the Power back up by two,
The Power scored 12 of their 21 runs in the series with two outs. Of those 12 runs, eight were scored with the first runner reaching after two outs were already recorded.
West Virginia begins a six-game homestand Sunday afternoon with a three-game set against the Lakewood BlueClaws. First pitch from Appalachian Power Park is set for 4:05 p.m.
The Power return to Appalachian Power Park tomorrow for a Kidz Sunday Funday against the Lakewood BlueClaws. During this six-game homestand against Lakewood and Hickory, the Power will have a Two for Tuesday and Thirsty Thursday, sponsored by Rock 105, a Pets in the Park night and postgame fireworks Friday, brought to you by MVB Bank and Electric 102.7. For tickets and more information, call the Power at 304-344-2287 or visit wvpower.com.