(Greenville, SC- April 16, 2013)- The West Virginia Power edged the Greenville Drive 8-3 at Fluor Field on Tuesday. Wyatt Mathisen drove in three runs to back Orlando Castro and the Power in their fourth consecutive victory.
In the top of the first, Josh Bell and Stetson Allie reached on consecutive singles. Mathisen followed with a base hit to drive in Bell and put West Virginia up 1-0.
Orlando Castro, whose last start was cut short by rain, scattered five hits over the first five innings, but kept Greenville of the scoreboard. In the southpaw’s start last Thursday at Asheville, when he surrendered just one hit over four innings before the game was suspended.
In the top of the sixth, Bell walked and Allie singled. Mathisen doubled to left-center to score both and build a 3-0 lead. The very next batter, Eric Wood, followed with a double as well to plate Mathisen to add an additional run of insurance.
The Power added four runs over the eighth and ninth innings combined. Junior Sosa drove in two with a single in the eighth and Allie hit a two-run home run to the deepest park of the ballpark in the ninth. It was the league-best sixth home run this season for Allie and gives him 18 runs batted over 13 games played.
The Drive broke up the shutout in the bottom of the ninth. Greenville, which hadn’t scored a run in 32 innings going back to Saturday at Lexington, sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, scoring three runs with two outs before the game ended with the bases loaded on a ground out.
Castro (1-1) lowered his earned run average to 1.17 with six scoreless innings of work. Austin Maddox (0-1) made the start for Greenville and allowed the first three runs on six hits over five and a third. Allie keyed the offense with four hits while Mathisen and Sosa had three hits apiece.
The final game of this series is scheduled for Wednesday night at 7:05 pm. John Kuchno will pitch for the Power against Franklin Morales, joining the Drive for a Major League rehab start. West Virginia returns to Appalachian Power Park on Thursday, April 18, to open a four game homestand against the Hagerstown Suns.
OVERALL RECORD: 6-7