West Virginia dropped a seesaw affair in their opener, 11-9. The Power fell behind, 6-1, in the second inning, as Nick Kingham recorded only five outs. They came back to take a 9-6 lead, but allowed five more runs, with Rinku Singh giving up the last two to take the loss.
Kingham's main problem was uncharacteristic wildness. He wasn't missing by a lot, but he opened the game with seven straight balls and fell behind most of the hitters he faced, leaving him in fastball counts constantly. He recovered in the first to fan the #3-4 hitters, but reached his per-inning pitch count in the second. He was hurt by his defense, a problem for the Power all night. Alen Hanson, playing short, let a catchable bloop drop just beyond his glove after changing direction several times in pursuit of ...
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