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West Virginia renders Suns powerless

May 10, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Hagerstown Suns lowered the boom in the opening game of a doubleheader with West Virginia on Friday.

It was just a little too late to be anything more than noise.

Bill Rhinehart hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning, but it just made the outcome more respectable as the Suns dropped a 9-4 decision to the Power. The second game was suspended in the top of the third inning with the Suns leading 3-0.

In the opener, West Virginia got to Hagerstown starter Jeff Mandel (2-2), hitting him up for five runs on six hits in the first inning. Mandel lasted 3 2/3 innings before giving way to Ryan Harrison.

Mandel gave up all nine Power runs, including back-to-back home runs to Jonathan Lucroy and Steffan Wilson in the fourth inning.

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The Suns scored a run in the sixth on an RBI grounder by Aaron Seuss. Rhinehart delivered in the ninth after reliever Wess Etheridge walked Jake Smolinski and hit Daniel Lyons with a pitch with two outs.

West Virginia starter Evan Arnundsen (3-3) allowed four hits and one run in six innings.

The second game will resume at 6:05 p.m. today before the regularly scheduled game.

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