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Frerichs shuts down Suns' rally

May 02, 2008

The Hagerstown Suns had trouble stringing hits together Thursday night, and by the time they did find some momentum, West Virginia's Corey Frerichs slammed the door in the Power's 6-2 win before a crowd of 1,483 at Municipal Stadium.

Trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Suns posed their biggest threat. Steve Souza was hit by a pitch and Daniel Lyons walked. Bill Rhinehart followed with an RBI single to score Souza, move Lyons to third and chase reliever Jose Garcia.

Frerichs replaced Garcia and ended the threat, stranding Lyons at third by striking out Aaron Seuss, Michael Burgess and Sean Rooney.

After West Virginia added a run in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly, Frerichs closed out the Suns. He walked Tim Pahuta to start the inning, then retired Jake Smolinski on a fly ball to center and whiffed Stephen Englund and Souza to earn his first save.

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The Power scored twice in the second inning with the help of two Suns errors and added single runs in the third, fifth and seventh.

Pahuta hit his third home run of the season for Hagerstown, a solo shot in the seventh inning, and Rhinehart went 3-for-4 to raise his batting average to .337.

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