CHARLESTON, S.C. - The West Virginia Power managed only six singles in a 4-1 loss to Charleston, S.C., Saturday night in South Atlantic League play.
Alen Hanson had three of the Power's half-dozen knocks, raising his batting average to .420. Junior Sosa's single in the fourth inning plated the lone run for West Virginia (5-11), which has dropped the first three games of the series.
Power starter Nick Kingham was solid, allowing one run on three hits and two walks in 22/3 innings. The bullpen wasn't as effective, surrendering three runs on six hits in just two innings after Kingham's early exit.
The RiverDogs got on the scoreboard in the third inning when Dante Bichette drew a bases-loaded walk from Kingham to plate the game's first run. After Sosa tied the game at 1-all in the top of the fourth, the RiverDogs answered in the home half with run-scoring singles by Cito Culver and Reymond Nunez off reliever Orlando Castro (0-2). Charleston closed the scoring in the fifth when Willy Austin scored on Gary Sanchez's double off of reliever Trent Stevenson.
The Power will look to avoid the series sweep today as the first pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.