The Power is heading into the playoffs on a tear.West Virginia finished off a four-game road sweep of the Lexington Legends on Monday, holding on for a 5-3 South Atlantic League victory.The Power (45-25), which had already wrapped up the second-half Northern Division title, hosts the Hagerstown Suns at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Appalachian Power Park in the opener of a best-of-three divisional series.Tickets to that game are free and can be picked up at the Power box office today starting at 9 a.m. The first 1,500 fans will receive a free T-shirt. For more information, call (304) 344-BATS.
It marks the first postseason appearance for the Charleston-based franchise since 2008. Game 2 of the Power-Suns series is set for Hagerstown on Friday, and the third game (if necessary) on Saturday.On Monday, the Power got five innings from starter Luis Heredia (7-3), who picked up the win while allowing three runs on six hits with five strikeouts and three walks. He was staked to a 4-1 lead before the Legends put on a rally.A two-run double by Fred Ford cut the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth, but the Power worked out of the jam. Jhondaniel Medina collected his 13th save of the season in as many opportunities with a scoreless ninth despite allowing a hit and two walks.The Power opened the scoring on Jordan Steranka's RBI fielder's choice in the first and bumped it to 4-1 in the top of the fifth on Eric Wood's two-run single and Raul Fortunato's RBI base hit.
WVU VOLLEYBALL: West Virginia freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson has been named the Big 12 Conference's rookie of the week, helping the Mountaineers to a 3-0 start with wins over Eastern Illinois, Loyola-Chicago and Toledo.The Flower Mound, Texas, native totaled 43 kills and 35 digs in 10 sets, while posting a double-double in each of her first three matches as a Mountaineer.The Mountaineers are off to a 3-0 start for the second time in the last four seasons.
MU MEN'S SOCCER: Host Davidson scored twice in the opening five minutes Sunday evening and earned a 2-0 win over Marshall. The game started two hours late due to a weather delay.Strikes from John Pace and Chris Pettilio put Marshall (0-1-1) in a quick 2-0 hole and secured the first win of the season for Davidson (1-0-1).
The Thundering Herd recorded more shots (14-12), but allowed more shots on goal (5-3).
WVU SOCCER: The West Virginia men's soccer team played to a 2-2 draw with Radford Monday at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown.Jamie Merriam and Majed Osman tallied a goal apiece for the Mountaineers (1-0-1). Garland Smith and Bernardo Ulmo accounted for the Radford goals.