(Charleston, WV- April 4, 2013)- The West Virginia Power lost to the Asheville Tourists 15-6 Friday night at Appalachian Power Park. The Power kept pace with the Tourists for the first five innings, but Asheville continued to produce runs late to seal the win.
Asheville scored first in the second inning from a Matt Wessinger two-run home run and added another run in the third. West Virginia tallied three runs in the bottom of the third to tie the game at three. With the bases loaded, Max Moroff scored as Stetson Allie reached on a force attempt and fielding error by Wessinger. Wyatt Mathisen grounded into a force out at second, allowing the second run to score. Allie’s slide at second uphended shortstop Rosell Herrera, allowing Josh Bell to score on the play and even things up.
The Tourists regained the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, but the Power answered with two runs of their own in the home half of the inning: a bases loaded walk and a fielder’s choice.
Trailing 6-5 in the bottom of the fifth, Raul Fortunado reached on a two-out triple and scored on a Junior Sosa single.
Asheville scored nine unanswered runs over the next three innings, plating three in the sixth, two in the seventh, and four in the eighth.
West Virginia starter Clay Holmes allowed five runs on five hits over three and two-thirds, but did not factor into the decision. Josh Smith (0-1) took the loss by allowing three runs in one and two-thirds innings. Ryan Arrowood (1-0) gained the win with three-plus innings of relief work.
West Virginia and Asheville continue their four-game series Saturday night at Appalachian Power Park. Orlando Castro will take the hill for the Power opposing Ben Hughes. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.