CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Zac Fuesser doesn't have time to bother with a rosin bag or shake off a sign from his catcher.
After each of his pitches Wednesday at Appalachian Power Park, the West Virginia Power starting pitcher would step off the mound, catch the return throw and quickly take his place on the left side of the rubber.
Once in rhythm, the left-handed Fuesser would spend no more than three or four seconds to climb the hill, set and hurl another pitch.
"I had a quick, fast tempo which kept them on their toes," said Fuesser, who tossed six innings of one-run ball in the Power's 2-1 win over Savannah in front of a Grand Slam School Day crowd of 2,029.
"Once you start getting going that fast, the catcher throws down the sign and they aren't ready to hit."
West Virginia sorely needed Fuesser's outing.
The Power (6-13) had lost seven consecutive games while allowing 67 runs during the skid. But the stocky and unconventional lefty baffled the Sand Gnats.
The 21-year-old allowed one unearned run and four hits in six innings. He struck out eight and allowed a run and two hits in the top of the first before settling into his quick-strike approach.
"What a great job Fuesser did," West Virginia Manager Rick Sofield said. "When the fellas are in the game and they don't have to press and play uphill all the time, it makes it easier to have a chance to win the game."
During the seven-game skid, the Power pitching staff allowed nine or more runs four times, which included Monday's 14-5 series-opening loss to Savannah (11-9).
When Fuesser departed, the score was tied 1-1, so he didn't factor into the decision.
The crisply played game, which lasted 2 hours and 17 minutes, was tied entering the bottom of the eighth.
The Power's No. 9 hitter, Junior Sosa, singled and then appeared to get himself caught in a rundown between second and first while trying to steal.
Savannah first baseman Brian Harrison committed a throwing error that allowed Sosa to scurry all the way to third. One batter later, leadoff hitter Alen Hanson took advantage of a drawn-in infield and blooped a single to shallow left for the go-ahead run.
The Power had zero extra-base hits and Hanson was the only player with two hits, his 11th multi-hit performance in 18 games this season.
Hanson, who is hitting .415, also stole two bases Wednesday.
The pitching performance, however, set the table for the Power's speedsters to scratch across the winning run.
Trent Stevenson and Jordan Cooper combined to throw three scoreless innings in relief of Fuesser.