West Virginia 10, Savannah 1
The West Virginia Power snapped the Savannah Sand Gnats’ six-game winning streak with a 10-0 victory at Historic Grayson Stadium Monday night. Power DH Stetson Allie pounded a pair of homers that accounted for five runs.
With eight homeruns, Allie is now tied for the South Atlantic League lead in homeruns.
West Virginia (10-15) grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning thanks to Allie. After SS Ashley Ponce doubled, and CF Barrett Barnes singled, Allie blasted a three-run homerun to left field, his seventh. Allie’s second homerun of the night, a rare opposite field shot in Historic Grayson Stadium, gave the Power an 8-0 lead in the seventh inning.
The Gnats (15-9) scored their only run in the bottom of the eighth when 2B Chad Zurcher doubled down the left-field line to bring home LF Stefan Sabol. The Gnats have not been shutout in 24 games in 2013.
Savannah starter Luis Cessa allowed six runs, five earned, on 11 hits in 5.2 innings. He struck out six and did not walk a batter while taking his first loss of 2013.
Power starter Tyler Glasnow earned his first career victory for shutting out the Gnats through five innings with seven strikeouts and just two hits allowed.
After an off-day Tueday, the Gnats are back in action at home when they host the Kannapolis Intimidators Wednesday at Historic Grayson Stadium. Savannah will send RHP Matthew Bowman (3-0, 2.38) to the hill with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.
Chad Zurcher: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Jayce Boyd: 1-for-3, 1 BB
Kevin Plawecki: 1-for-3, 1 BB
Stefan Sabol: 1-for-3, 1 R
Luis Cessa: 5.2 IP, 11 H, 1 HR, 0 BB, 6 R, 5 ER, 6 K
Julian Hilario: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 2 ER, 3 K
Tyler Vanderheiden: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 K
Hunter Carnevale: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 ER