"We know it will be a challenge,'' Ryan said. "A team that plays us tough. They do all three phases well. They can swing the bat, they've got great pitching, the best player in the league in [Rosell] Herrera at shortstop [batting a league-best .348 with 16 home runs and 76 RBIs] and they can steal bases any time they want.
"We're going to have to pitch and play defense and find some small ways to manufacture some runs. It will start with our pitching and keeping them off the board.''
Jason Creasy, a 6-foot-4, 197-pound right-hander who owns a 4-4 record with a 2.80 earned run average, will start for West Virginia and Asheville counters with righty Matt Carasiti (2-9, 8.19 ERA).
The Power just completed seven-game road trip with a 4-3 mark thanks to a 4-3 win at the Savannah (Ga.) SandGnats on Sunday to get back on track. West Virginia lost two games on the trip by one run.
"I like the way we played Sunday,'' said Ryan. "I wasn't real happy with the way we played during the road trip. We let a couple of games get away. Just get back to basics and focus on what's ahead. Hopefully we can carry this momentum into the series [with Asheville].''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.
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