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Harper hits homer, but Suns are overpowered by Power

April 26, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Bryce Harper hit his fourth home run of the season for the Hagerstown Suns on Tuesday, but West Virginia’s offense took control early, belting 14 hits in an 8-5 victory in the South Atlantic League.

Harper, whom the Washington Nationals selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft, hit his homer off Power starter Tyler Waldron with two outs in the first inning to give the Suns (11-8) a 1-0 lead that was short-lived.

West Virginia (7-11) roared back with three runs on four hits against Suns starter Matthew Grace in the bottom of the first. Rogelio Noris hit a two-run double and Mel Rojas added an RBI single.

The Power made it 4-1 in the third when Noris led off with a single, went to second on Justin Howard’s single, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Dan Grovatt’s sacrifice fly.

Matt Curry’s two-run homer in the fourth gave West Virginia a 6-1 lead.

Hagerstown got a run back in the fifth on Michael Taylor’s home run, his first of the season.

West Virginia made it 7-2 in the sixth on Gift Ngoepe’s RBI double.

Brett Newsome hit Hagerstown’s third solo homer of the game in the top of the seventh, and Blake Kelso added an RBI single as the Suns cut the lead to 7-4. Harper had a chance to do more damage with two on and two outs, but struck out to end the threat.

Grovatt’s RBI double pushed West Virginia’s lead to 8-4 in the bottom of the seventh.

David Freitas walked and later scored on a wild pitch in the eighth as the Suns cut the lead to 8-5. Hagerstown finished with 10 hits.

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