(Hickory, NC - April 19, 2017)- The West Virginia Power knocked off the Hickory Crawdads 8-5 at L.P. Frans Stadium on Wednesday night to complete a three-game series sweep. The Power outscored the Crawdads 35-11 and hit seven home runs during the set.
West Virginia jumped on Hickory starter Jonathan Hernendez in the top of the first inning, scoring two runs on three hits. Carlos Munoz scored from third on a passed ball and Trae Arbet singled in Kevin Mahala to stake Power starting pitcher Luis Escobar to the early lead.
Stephen Alemais hit a solo home run to lead off the second inning, extending the West Virginia advantage to 3-0.
In the bottom of the third, the Crawdads took the lead with a four-spot off Escobar. Franklin Rollin singled in one run and Anderson Tejeda scored from third on a wild pitch. With two down, Yeyson Yrizarri hit a two-run home run to put Hickory in front 4-3.
The Power regained the lead in the top of the fifth with two runs on two hits and an error. Ty Moore's RBI groundout drove in Sandy Santos from third to tie the game at four. A throwing error on the ball hit by Moore allowed Logan Ratledge to score as well for a 5-4 Power lead.
Alemais hit his second home run of the game in the sixth to give West Virginia an insurance run and 6-4 edge. The Power added a run in the eighth on a double by Arden Pabst that drove in Arbet and added another in the ninth on a Mahala double to plate Moore. Hickory scored once in the ninth on a Brallan Perez single.
Escobar (2-0) struck out nine and walked one over five and two-thirds innings. Hector Garcia pitched two innings for his first hold, striking out the side in the seventh and eighth. Geoff Hartlieb allowed one run in the ninth in a non-save situation. Hernandez (0-2) took the loss after surrendering five runs, two earned, on seven hits over four-plus innings.
The Power have now won six straight and seen the team batting average rise from last in the league at .219 to first at .284 during a 6-1 road trip.
West Virginia begins a seven game homestand Thursday evening at Appalachian Power Park with the Lakewood BlueClaws and Charleston RiverDogs coming to town. Cam Vieaux will square off against Ranger Suarez in the series opener with the BlueClaws on Thursday.
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