West Virginia’s Keegan McGovern launched a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth, but the Greenville Drive used a three-run ninth inning to put away the Power 7-3 Thursday night at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston. West Virginia (29-31) has dropped four of its last six contests.
Damon Casetta-Stubbs took the loss for the Power, allowing three runs off three hits and struck out five against three walks in three innings.
Greenville’s Devlin Granberg hit a two-run homer in the top of the first to help the Drive build a 4-0 lead through four innings.
Onil Pena put the Power on the board in the sixth with an RBI double, and Ryan Ramiz scored Johnny Slater with a sac fly in the seventh to bring West Virginia to within two.
McGovern led off the bottom of the eighth with his first homer of the season to cut the Power’s deficit to one, but Greenville used a two-run double from Cole Brannen and a Power error to push across three runs in the ninth to seal the win.
Thad Ward picked up the win for the Drive, yielding just one run on four hits and striking out nine in six innings.
Bobby Honeyman went 2 for 4 for the Power, which managed just six hits.
West Virginia and Greenville continue their series Friday at 7:05 p.m.