(Lexington, KY - April 16, 2017)- The West Virginia Power knocked off the Lexington Legends 13-5 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on Sunday. West Virginia used a five-run fourth and a six-run sixth to break the series finale open.
The Legends opened the scoring in the bottom of third against Power starting pitcher Matt Anderson. Chris DeVito singled in Kort Peterson to stake Lexington to a 1-0 edge.
The lead was, however, short-lived. Hunter Owen led off West Virginia's half of the fourth against Nolan Watson with a double; the Power's first of four two-base hits in the inning. Kevin Mahala doubled in Owen, Stephen Alemais doubled in Mahala and Chris Harvey's double drove in Alemais. Clark Eagan hit his first home run of the season to cap the inning and extend the West Virginia lead to 5-1.
Lexington scored three runs in the home half of the fifth to close within one, keyed by a two-run home run from Manny Olloque before the Power plated six in their biggest inning of the season.
West Virginia sent 10 to the plate inning the sixth inning, Logan Ratledge and Ty Moore each singled in a run before the Power loaded the bases. West Virginia's offense only had one hit over 11 at bats with the bases loaded through ten games this season. Carlos Munoz hit a 1-0 pitch from reliever Jose Veras over the right-center wall for the first Power grand slam this season, building the lead to 11-4.
Lexington scored once off Eduardo Vera in the bottom of the seventh, but West Virginia got the run back in the eighth and added another in the ninth for the 13-5 win.
Anderson (1-1) earned the win, allowing four runs over five innings. Vera pitched the final four innings for his first save of the season. Watson (0-2) took the loss after surrendering the first eight runs on 11 hits.
All nine batters had at least one hit for West Virginia, which took three of from Lexington. Mahala had the team's first four hit game of the season, while Chris Harvey added three hits and four other players had multi-hit games.
The Power's 13 runs on 18 hits were both season high tallies and gives the club a three-game winning streak heading into play on Monday. West Virginia travels to Hickory and starts a three-game series. James Marvel will start the series opener for the Power and will be opposed by the Crawdads' Argenis Rodriguez at L.P. Frans Stadium.
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