"Those were tough conditions," Ryan said. "They did a good job. Holmes did a nice job with what he could. He didn't have his best stuff, but he pitched with it and did a fairly good job. Harlan came in and did a great job with those conditions as far as the mound not being very good and spikes covered in mud."
The sun came out for the second game, which allowed starter Joely Rodriguez to pitch six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out five. The Power drilled Drive starter Jason Garcia for six runs, three earned. West Virginia scored four in the second inning and three in the fifth.
The Power did so without an extra-base hit, getting RBI from Jonathan Schwind, Ashley Ponce, Dilson Herrera, Wyatt Mathisen and Walker Gourley. The Drive started to rally with two outs in the seventh, but could only muster six runs, as reliever Josh Smith handed the ball over to Bryton Trepagnier for the final out and Trepagnier's second save of the season.
"Joely, with his start today, really saved us, not just for tomorrow but for the next few days, as far as saving our bullpen and stuff like that," Ryan said. "Not only does one game affect next, but it affects the next three or four and he set us up nicely for the road trip coming up."
The Power begins a seven-game road trip today in Lexington, playing four games before moving to a three-game series at Hickory. Bell said there's no reason why the momentum built in the last eight games can't continue on the road.
"Our roster is unbelievable," Bell said. "And I think we're just starting to show what we can do. May's going to be a huge month for us to start making a run for this thing. Hopefully, we can keep the ball rolling."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.