(Charleston, WV - May 15, 2017)- The West Virginia Power offense was stifled in a 3-1 loss to the Charleston RiverDogs Monday night. The Power can only split the four-game series with the final game set for Tuesday morning.
West Virginia got their only run in the second inning. Trae Arbet led off the frame after being hit by RiverDogs starter Freicer Perez. Arbet moved to third on a Carlos Munoz flair single. Ty Moore lifted a sacrifice fly into left to plate Arbet. Power led 1-0 heading out of the second.
Blake Cederlind made a spot start for West Virginia. Although Cederlind hit some rough patches as far as pitch count, he maneuvered his way through three shutout innings without allowing a hit. Cederlind was relieved by Geoff Hartlieb who surrendered the decisive runs.
Four straight batters reached in the fourth against Hartlieb. Hoy June Park scored on an Isiah Gilliam infield single, Blake Rutherford grabbed the lead on an error, and Gilliam scored an Eduardo Navas single. Cederlind induced an inning ending double play. The RiverDogs scored three times on four hits to take a 3-1 lead.
West Virginia could not put anything on the board after loading the bases in the sixth. Charleston added a Brandon Wagner solo home run for good measure in the ninth. Hartlieb (1-1) was dealt the loss while Perez (1-2) garnered the win.
Power and RiverDogs finish the series Tuesday morning. It's a Grand Slam School Day with first pitch set for 10:35 A.M. West Virginia sends Oddy Nunez (0-3) to face Jio Orozco (1-2). Tickets and information can be found online or by calling 304-344-BATS.
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