The West Virginia Power beat Greenville 6-3 on Sunday evening to open a four-game series.
The Power, a Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, took a 4-0 lead off Frank Montas in the second when Jon Schwind doubled in D.J. Crumlich and Max Moroff hit a three-run home run. The Drive broke up the shutout in the third with a run.
Josh Bell extended the lead with his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the seventh for a 6-1 lead. Greenville scored twice in the ninth to cap the scoring.
John Kuchno earned his first win with a quality start while Kyle Haynes picked up his first save of the 2013 season. Seven different Power players had at least one hit in the victory.
-- West Virginia and Greenville will square off three more times this season. The Power now lead the all-time series 25-23 and have gone 14-7 at home since 2005 in the series.
-- The Power will host their annual WVU night on May 18 against Lexington. The first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive a Geno Smith bobblehead. All fans will have the chance to meet and greet Kevin Jones, Truck Bryant and Da’Sean Butler. WVU Night is present by the WV Army National Guard.
-- Prior to Sunday’s game against Greenville, Pittsburgh transferred Junior Sosa to the West Virginia roster to fill the void created when Barrett Barnes was placed on the disabled list. Sosa was the Power’s opening day starter in center and played 12 games for West Virginia before a promotion to Bradenton on April 18.
He hit .256 for West Virginia over a dozen games and was batting .353 for the Marauders after five games played in the Florida State League.
-- Friday’s win marked two “firsts” for the Power this season. It was the first time that West Virginia won when scoring five or fewer runs in a game.
The club is now 1-13 when scoring five or less. It also marked the first Power victory this season when the team did not hit a home run.
-- Between the eighth inning on Wednesday against Greensboro and the ninth inning Sunday against Greenville, West Virginia’s bullpen did not allow a single run spanning 12 innings.
-- John Kuchno’s six-inning start Sunday was the longest of his career and marked his first professional win. Last Monday in Savannah, Tyler Glasnow pitched five shutout innings to garner his first pro victory.
-- Ryan Hafner allowed two runs on two hits and three walks in a recent outing, stopping a personal scoreless inning streak of seven and two-thirds innings dating back to April 18. The right-hander did not allow a hit during that, stretch either.
-- Stetson Allie and Walker Gourley each had six-game hitting streaks intact heading into this week’s games.
-- Wednesday’s series finale against Greenville was slated to be the third of four Grand Slam School Days this season with a 10:30 a.m. start time.
-- West Virginia Power games can be heard on Charleston’s ESPN 104.5 FM and 1490 AM in Charleston and online at wvpower.com.
Adam Marco will call the action for all 140 games this season and will be joined by Mike Baggerman when the team plays at Appalachian Power Park.
(This report was provided by the West Virginia Press Association.)