CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Savannah Sand Gnats entered Tuesday night's series-opening game against the West Virginia Power struggling to muster any kind of offense.
Savannah batters entered the four-game set with a South Atlantic League-low .214 batting average and scored just four runs in its last four games.
They finished the evening with a big shot of confidence in both categories.
The Sand Gnats pounded out 16 hits and plated a season high in runs en route to a 14-5 shellacking of the Power in front of a handful of fans at Appalachian Power Park.
The Sand Gnats improved to 11-8 while snapping a four-game skid, while West Virginia (5-13) dropped its seventh consecutive contest.
Savannah struck early against Power starter Ryan Hafner, who took the loss after allowing five hits and seven runs (six earned) in three innings of work.
Hafner, who made his first appearance of the season after being added to the Power roster on Tuesday, got through the first inning unscathed, but allowed three runs in the second, and two more in the third as the Sand Gnats' hitters heated up.
"We're excited about Hafner joining us," Power Manager Rick Sofield said. "He's a talented young guy but he just got off to a shaky start here tonight trying to do too much too early.
"He got behind the eight ball early and we just couldn't get it done."
Savannah Manager Luis Rojas was pleased with his team's patience at the plate, especially in the early innings.
"We've been telling them to swing at quality pitches and not chase bad ones and that's exactly what we did tonight," said Rojas.
"Our guys were disciplined and shrunk the zone until they got some good pitches to drive. In the second and third innings they were really disciplined and that's what led to the early lead and the final score."