"After Luddy threw his first pitch, the way it came out of his hand, you could see his look that he felt good," Power Manager Mike Ryan said. "I think that might have sparked him, knowing he could get out of that situation.
"We had two outs in the ninth with runners still in scoring position," he added. "I'm not saying that the pressure's off, but you could see the confidence grow in Luddy and he just carried in to the next two innings."
The Power loaded the bases with one out after Gourley singled up the third base line and made it to third on a D.J. Crumlich ground rule double to right. Allie then was intentionally walked, but Wood struck out swinging and Fortunato flied out to center.
The Tourists jumped out to the lead with a four-run second inning, and the Power came back with a two-run third. The Tourists added a run in the fourth, but that was all it could score for the rest of the game. Ludwig earned the win, pitching three innings and allowing one hit with three strikeouts. Roberto Padilla picked up the loss for Asheville (3-1).
After dropping its season opener Thursday 3-0, the Power's bats got better Friday night, but its pitching slumped in a 15-6 loss. The Tourists victimized four Power pitchers for those 15 runs, tagging each with at least two earned runs and hitting a total of four homers. West Virginia calmed Asheville's bats Saturday, but got almost nothing out of their own in a 4-1 loss. Allie brought in Max Moroff with a two-out hit in the first, but that's all the Power could muster.
Sunday's come-from-behind win washed some of the bitter taste of those first three games from the Power's mouth. West Virginia has another three-game home series starting tonight at 7:05 against the Charleston River Dogs, and Ryan wants to see his team carry Sunday's momentum into tonight.
"We had (Asheville) on the ropes a couple of times in this series and just weren't able to get it done," Ryan said. "But we made the adjustments tonight and these guys wanted this game and it showed."
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