Raul Fortunato hit a three-run home run in the eighth to give the West Virginia Power another come-from-behind victory with a 12-7 decision over the host Asheville (N.C.) Tourists on Sunday afternoon at McCormick Field.
The Power trailed 6-4 in the eighth, but sent nine batters to the plate and scored six runs to take a 10-6 advantage. Stetson Allie led off with a double for West Virginia, Wyatt Mathisen singled to right field and Fortunato cleared the bases with his second three-run home run in as many days.
Fortunato hit a three-run shot in Saturday night's 14-9 win that evened the score at nine in the ninth inning before the Power (4-7) added five more to claim the win and take three of the four games in the series with the Tourists.
Jason Creasy (1-0) earned the win with pitched the seventh and eighth innings to earn the win. Allie finished 3 for 3 with an RBI as four different Power players drove in multiple runs. Seven of the nine players in the order had at least one hit for West Virginia, which banged out 13 hits after 16 in Saturday's game.
West Virginia travels to the Greenville (S.C.) Drive to begin a three game series at 7:05 p.m. today. The Power returns to Appalachian Power Park on Thursday to open a four-game homestand against the Hagerstown (Md.) Suns.
WVU BASEBALL: Senior Dan Dierdorff fired a complete-game, surrendering one unearned run, and scattering five hits as West Virginia University took a 2-1 victory Sunday afternoon over Liberty in a nonconference matchup at Lynchburg, Va.
The right-handed Dierdorff struck out five and walked two. Senior Brady Wilson and junior Ryan Tuntland drove in a run apiece in the in the top of the first and that's all the Mountaineers (20-17) would need. Trey Wimmer knocked in a run in the fifth for the Flames (19-18).
MU SOFTBALL: East Carolina sent 11 batters to the plate in the second and plated six runs in a 10-3 decision Sunday over Marshall in a Conference USA matchup in Huntington.
Jordan Lewis smacked a two-run home run in the top of the first for a 2-0 lead for the Pirates (18-24, 8-7) and Kai Clark followed with a grand slam in the second for an 8-0 advantage. Alysia Hivley, a former Clay County High School standout, belted a two-run round-tripper for the Thundering Herd (27-17, 11-7), which committed four errors in getting swept in a series for the second time this season.
PREP LACROSSE: Brian Felton and Ben Duplaga each had four goals and four assists in visiting Wheeling Central's 16-12 win Sunday over George Washington in high school lacrosse. Jordan Brack scored five goals and added three assists and Sam Skinner turned in three goals for the Patriots (8-2), who trailed 10-3 at halftime.