(CHARLESTON, WV) The West Virginia Power split a doubleheader with the Asheville Tourists on Wednesday night, falling in the first contest 5-4 and taking the nightcap, 3-2. Justin Maffei highlighted the day going 5-for-7 with a two-run blast in game one.
In game one, it was the first inning that did the Power in. Asheville plated three runs all on walks from Power pitching in the first frame. The Power chipped away at the advantage in the fifth, but Asheville responded on a solo home run from Ryan McMahon. West Virginia chopped the lead to one in the final inning behind a Justin Maffei two-run homer, but could not get any closer.
Game two would see the Power take the early lead when JaCoby Jones drove in Maffei on a sacrifice fly. Asheville answered with an RBI single to tie it from Alec Mehrten. West Virginia came right back with another Mathisen sacrifice fly to take the lead back in the fourth. The Tourists got a run back in the sixth when a double play brought in the tying run. But it was the Power who had the final say when Danny Collins lifted a ball over the left field fence for a solo dinger that gave West Virginia the victory.
Power southpaw Cody Dickson (2-1) threw six innings, giving up one earned run on six hits with two strikeouts to pick up the win. Will Kendall (1) tallied the save and Tourists right-hander Antonio Senzatela (1-1) was charged with the loss. Erich Weiss extended his league-high hit streak to 11 games during the doubleheader.
West Virginia visits the Kannapolis Intimidators on Thursday, April 17, at CMC-Northeast Stadium. Felipe Gonzalez will take the hill for the Power against the Intimidators Sean Bierman. The Power will return home after a three game set on Monday, April 21, to host Kannapolis. For tickets or more information, call 304-344-2287 or visit www.wvpower.com.