COLUMBIA, S.C. — The West Virginia Power couldn’t hold a ninth-inning lead, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Columbia Fireflies in 10 Thursday night innings at Spirit Communications Park.
The Power (18-21) led 2-1 in the ninth but an unearned run allowed Columbia to tie the game and force extra innings, where the Fireflies (21-17) won on a wild pitch.
West Virginia got a solid pitching performance from starter Luis Escobar, who allowed just one run on four hits in five innings with six strikeouts, and reliever Dylan Prohoroff, who threw two scoreless innings.
The Power scored both of its runs in the top of the eighth on two-out RBI singles from Hunter Owen and Albert Baur.
Columbia left fielder Tim Tebow went 0 for 3 at the plate for the Fireflies.
The teams play game two of their four-game series Friday night.