CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Power pitcher John Kuchno finally reaped the rewards of his solid run on the mound.
The right-hander, after looking good in three straight no decisions, picked up his first win in the Power's 6-3 victory Sunday evening over the Greenville Drive.
It was West Virginia's (13-16) fourth win in its last five games.
Kuchno's start Sunday was the next step in recovering from a rough first two starts of his season. In those two starts, he allowed 10 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings. Since then, he's given up just three earned runs in 19 2/3 innings, striking out eight and walking eight.
On Sunday, Kuchno gave up four hits and one earned run over a season-high six innings, striking out one and walking one. His ERA has plummeted from a high of 12.27 on April 12 to 4.33 after Sunday's game.
Kuchno said his command of his fastball allowed him to get batters out in early counts on Sunday. He added that working with Power pitching coach Jeff Johnson to adjust to a lower arm slot has assisted in his turnaround.
"We started working on it after my second start," he said. "It's been helpful. It's been kind of tough to adjust to it, but it's been good. It makes me much more effective down in the zone and consistent down in the zone."
Power Manager Mike Ryan said it's been tough to watch the 6-foot-5, 213-pound Kuchno improve as much as he has and remain winless, so it was quite satisfying to watch the former Ohio State pitcher get his first victory in a Power uniform.