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Suns settle for split

April 28, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Waiting a day didn’t make things much better for the Hagerstown Suns.

West Virginia picked up where it left off in Wednesday’s rain-suspended game to roll up a 14-2 victory over Hagerstown in the first game of a doubleheader. The Suns (12-9) won 3-2 in the nightcap.

The Power (8-11) held a 7-1 lead with one out in the second inning on Wednesday when the game was suspended. West Virginia roughed up Hagerstown starter Chris McKenzie (1-3), who had problems with his control.

Paul Applebee took over for the Suns when the game resumed and didn’t have much better luck. West Virginia had a 9-1 lead after the inning and never looked back.

The Power scored in six of the eight innings they batted, scoring 14 runs on only 10 hits.

Matt Curry led West Virginia with two hits and four RBIs, while Justin Howard and Andy Vasquez each homered in the game. Suns pitching allowed nine walks.

Wednesday’s game started as a duel between Hagerstown’s Bryce Harper and West Virginia’s Jameson Taillon. Harper was the first pick and Taillon the second overall selection in the 2010 draft.

Harper drew a walk off Taillon in the first inning in his only at-bat against the 19-year-old Pittsburgh prospect. The walk pushed Blake Kelso to second, and he scored on David Freitas’ double to give Hagerstown a short-lived 1-0 lead.

Harper was the bright spot for the Suns. He hit his fifth home run of the year in the eighth inning for Hagerstown’s only other run, after they were behind 14-1.

Harper was 2-for-3 in the nightcap to lift his average to .323 for the season. Taylor Jordan (5-0) got the victory.

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