(ASHEVILLE, NC) The West Virginia Power beat the Asheville Tourists 5-1 on Saturday evening at McCormick Field. John Kuchno pitched seven shutout innings, limiting the South Atlantic League’s best offense to just four hits and one walk.
After each starting pitcher matched zeros over the first four innings, West Virginia broke through with a run in the fifth inning. Raul Fortunato walked and moved to third on a throwing error. With one down, Kawika Emsley-Pai singled to plate Fortunato.
The Power added a pair of runs in the sixth inning on three hits. Max Moroff led off with a single and scored Josh Bell’s second double of the game. Eric Wood singled in Bell against a drawn in infield for a 3-0 West Virginia advantage. The Power added a pair of runs on two hits and an error in the eighth inning for a 5-0 edge.
Asheville broke up the shutout in the home half of the eighth inning against the Power bullpen.
Kuchno (4-4) earned the win for West Virginia while Jayson Aquino (0-1) took the loss. Eight of the nine Power batters had at least one hit, including two apiece from Bell and Wood. The win guaranteed that West Virginia will have a winning road trip. The Power are now 4-1 on this seven game trip with two games left.
West Virginia and Asheville will meet Sunday afternoon at 2:05 pm. The Power are back in Charleston for their next homestand beginning July 17 against the Savannah Sand Gnats. For tickets or more information, call 304-344-2287 or visit www.wvpower.com.