(CHARLESTON, WV) The West Virginia Power beat Greenville Drive 5-1 Thursday at Appalachian Power Park in the 2012 home opener. Alen Hanson and Jose Osuna had three hits each to back Matt Benedict and halt the Power’s five game losing streak.
Hanson led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run for the early edge. The West Virginia shortstop leads the team with three home runs over the first eight games. Hanson also leads the team with 14 hits over 34 at bats.
Greenville evened the score at one in the top of the second. Keury De La Cruz led off with a single, but advanced to third on a fielding error by Josh Bell in right field. De La Cruz scored on a sacrifice fly by Boss Moanaroa.
The tie was short-lived as the Power took the lead for good in the third. Greg Polanco drove a 1-2 pitch from Drive starter Henry Owens over the right field wall for a 2-1 advantage. Polanco delivered again in the fourth to extend the lead. With the bases loaded for the third time in four innings, the Power centerfielder singled in a pair to help create a three-run gap at 4-1.
West Virginia scored its final run in the eighth when Bell drove in Hanson after a one-out triple.
Matt Benedict (1-1) pitched five innings, allowing one unearned run, walking one, and striking out three. Orlando Castro followed with three shutout frames and Jordan Cooper pitched a scoreless ninth to finish off the Drive. Owens (1-1) took the loss after being charged with four runs in three and two-thirds innings.
Four different Power players had multi-hit games as West Virginia reached on 12 base hits total. Hanson also scored three times for West Virginia. Greenville got two hits from Jose Vinicio, but was limited to six hits and two walks.
The Power and Drive will play game two of this four-game set Friday evening. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. when Zac Fuesser takes the mound for the West Virginia against Greenville’s Matt Barnes.