CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Power came into Friday night's game boasting the best offense in the South Atlantic League.
But as an unseasonably cold evening set in, it was visiting Hagerstown that heated up.
The Suns pounded out 12 hits, took advantage of four Power errors, and cooled off West Virginia's bats as Hagerstown claimed a 13-2 win in the second game of a four-game series. A crowd of 2,082 braved the elements on NBA night at Appalachian Power Park, including a couple of Los Angeles Lakers cheerleaders who signed autographs and took pictures.
West Virginia led the South Atlantic League in batting average, runs scored, RBIs, slugging and OPS coming into Friday but managed just two hits and two runs as Hagerstown starter Pedro Encarnacion (1-0) and reliever Blake Schwartz kept the Power in check.
Encarnacion picked up the win, giving up just a pair of runs (one earned) on two hits and four walks while striking out four in five innings. Schwartz earned his first save of the season after tossing four scoreless innings to close it out.
It marked the lowest run output for the Power since a 4-1 loss to Asheville in the third game of the season.
"Encarnacion did a great job coming on and throwing a lot of strikes and keeping guys off balance," Hagerstown leadoff hitter and second baseman Tony Renda said. "Schwartz right after him comes in, pounds the zone and gets the job done. He got to come in and pitch with a lead and he did his job, pounded the zone, worked quick, and took care of business."
Power starter Joely Rodriguez (0-2) was shaky, yielding nine runs with just three being earned on eight hits and a pair of walks with four strikeouts in taking the loss.
This broke a string of solid starts by West Virginia in which starters hadn't allowed an earned run over the past four games (191/3 innings).