SAVANNAH, Ga. - Rainy Lara and Bret Mitchell combined on a six-hit shutout as the Savannah Sand Gants blanked the West Virginia Power 1-0 Saturday night in a South Atlantic League matchup at Grayson Stadium.
Lara (3-1) surrendered five singles with nine strikeouts and no walks in 71/3 innings while Mitchell, who earned his second save, gave up one hit with two punchouts and no walks in 12/3 innings.
The Power threatened in the eighth and ninth innings but did not score. In the eighth, West Virginia received back-to-back base hits and put the tying run into scoring position, but Mitchell induced a double play to end the inning. In the ninth, the Power's Walker Gourley singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, but Mitchell fanned the next two batters to end the game.
Power starter Orlando Castro (2-2) took the loss in spite of allowing just one earned run on six hits with four strikeouts and no walks in 62/3 innings. D.J. Crumlich went 2 for 3 and was the only player with multiple hits for West Virginia (9-14).
Stefan Sabol led off the bottom of the fifth with a single for the Sand Gnats and moved to third on a base hit by Eucary De La Cruz. Phillip Evans grounded into a fielder's choice to bring home the game's only run.
West Virginia plays at Savannah at 2:05 p.m. today. The Power sends John Kuchno to the mound against the Sand Gnats' Matt Koch.
West Virginia returns to Appalachian Power Park Wednesday to open a seven-game, eight-day home stand against Greensboro and Greenville.