Newsome's homer turns off Power

April 29, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Brett Newsome’s two-run home run highlighted Hagerstown’s three-run second inning, and Bobby Hansen allowed just two hits in six innings as the Suns defeated the West Virginia Power 3-1 on Friday night in the South Atlantic League.

Wade Moore opened the second inning with a walk against Power starter Zack Von Rosenberg. Moore stole second before Randolph Oduber’s RBI single to center. One out later, Newsome hit his second home run of the season — and second of the series — out to right.

That was plenty of support for Hansen (2-1) and relievers Wilson Eusebio and Ben Graham. Hansen allowed one run on two hits and a walk while striking out six. Eusebio walked one and struck out one in two hitless innings, and Graham got his third save with a perfect ninth, striking out one.

Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 to raise his average to .333 for the Suns (13-9). The No. 1 overall pick by the Washington Nationals in the 2010 amateur draft, Harper hit a ground-rule double to left in the first, and added a single to right in the sixth.

Harper also struck out twice, once leading to a double play.

West Virginia scored its run in the sixth. Rogelio Noris hit a one-out double, went to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on a wild pitch.

Hagerstown won three of five games in the series. The Suns travel to Rome, Ga., for a four-game set with the Rome Braves beginning tonight.

The Suns will send Cameron Selik to the mound tonight against the Braves.

Selik will be making his fifth start of the season and carries a 0.00 ERA.

He was selected the South Atlantic League pitcher of the week after striking out 11 against Hickory.

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