When a team is having the kind of season the West Virginia Power is having, anyone would be hesitant to change anything.
But after consecutive losses, a fresh set of uniforms on Wednesday really seemed to get the Power back into its old winning ways.
Wearing some flashy violet jerseys in honor or pancreatic cancer awareness, the Power came down quick and hard on Greensboro, sending 14 men to the plate in a nine-run first frame.
By the time the dust had settled, West Virginia tallied nine hits and held Greensboro to just one in registering a 10-1 win in one of the most complete games the team has played all season. A crowd of 1,253 fans attended at Appalachian Power Park.
With the win, West Virginia (70-51 overall, 33-18 second half) became the fastest Power club to reach 70 wins in a season and clinched the highest total of wins in a single season since becoming a Pirates affiliate in 2009.
But Power manager Mike Ryan and the rest of the team is in no position to pat themselves on the back just yet.
"We're here just to make them better players," Ryan said. "Obviously as a staff here we've been blessed with a good group - just quality men who love each other. They truly do care for each other and any team you're on, you build friendships and those friendships last a long time."
The team also maintained its 11/2-game lead in the South Atlantic League Northern Division after Hagerstown defeated Delmarva Wednesday.
The Power accomplished all this and took any would-be drama out early.
"Good response after the run we gave up a run in the top," Ryan said. "We were a little down last night and we discussed that they needed to bring some energy and it was a great first inning. We got some timely hits, got some pitches we could handle, and their guy was a little erratic."
Greensboro starter Austin Brice (8-7) lasted just 2/3 of an inning and gave up all nine runs (although just one was earned) on four hits and two walks with a strikeout.
Two-run singles by Chris Diaz, Josh Bell, and Kawika Emsley-Pai highlighted the inning and cleanup hitter Jordan Steranka registered two RBI hits in the frame, including a double in his first at-bat.