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Roundup: Rider's blast sends Power past Sand Gnats

Jimmy Rider smacked a three-run homer to left field in the top of the seventh inning to rally the visiting West Virginia Power past Savannah 4-3 Sunday afternoon.

Rider scored the Power's first run in the third inning, lacing a one-out double and scoring on Walker Gourley's two-out single. That cut the Sand Gnats lead to 2-1, but Savannah pushed the advantage back to two runs with a run in the fifth.

In the seventh, Chris Diaz and Francisco reached base with one out, setting the table for Rider, who delivered his second home run of the season.

John Kuchno (9-5) earned the win, allowing three runs on five hits over six innings.

Sunday's win comes one day after the Power split a doubleheader with Savannah. West Virginia won the first game 6-3, but dropped the rain-delayed nightcap 6-1.

After an off-day today, the Power return to Appalachian Power Park for their final homestand of the season, a three-game set against the Asheville Tourists.

West Virginia (39-24) is now tied with Hagerstown atop the South Atlantic League Northern Division standings.

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  • MU SOCCER: Senior Kristine Culicerto scored a pair of goals as the Marshall women posted a 3-0 victory over Kent State Sunday in Huntington.

    Freshman Sydney Arnold sandwiched her first collegiate goal in between Culicerto's two strikes for the Herd (2-0). Lizzie Kish stopped three shots for her second consecutive shutout.

    Marshall returns to the home pitch Friday against James Madison and Sept. 1 against Akron.

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  • CORRECTIONS: Marshall cornerback Derrick Thomas was incorrectly identified in a Sunday Gazette-Mail story.

  • Capital's Kashuan Haley scored a touchdown on a 70-yard in a 38-0 victory over St. Albans in the Mountain State Athletic Conference Grid-O-rama Friday. The scorer was incorrectly listed in the Saturday Gazette-Mail.

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