Augusta Finishes Sweep of West Virginia

Steffan Wilson scored twice and recorded three hits, while Caleb Gindl hit a solo homer and knocked in two runs. However, West Virginia couldn't avoid being swept in the SAL championship series for a second straight year.

West Virginia trimmed a 4-1 deficit to 4-3, but that's as close as it got Thursday night in dropping the third game and losing a sweep to Augusta in the South Atlantic League's championship series.

A bases-loaded walk by Power starter Evan Anundsen and an error gave the GreenJackets a 2-0 lead in the first.

West Virginia, which suffered several base-running miscues, responded with a run in the second on Matt Cline's RBI single with two outs.

Augusta got a two-run single with two outs in the fourth for a three-run cushion. Caleb Gindl whacked a solo homer in West Virginia's half of the inning to make it 4-2, but it remained that way until the bottom of the ninth.

The Power, who outhit Augusta 7-5, closed to within 4-3 as Steffan Wilson led off the last inning with a triple to left and scored on Gindl's grounder to first. But that's all the hosts could muster as they lost in a finals sweep for the second consecutive season.

Anundsen worked only two-thirds of an inning, giving up the one earned run on two walks and two hits while also striking out two. Roque Mercedes was touched for one hit but two runs in three innings, while Reed Dickert, who allowed the two-run single in the fourth, was credited with 2.1 scoreless innings.

Robert Wooten went the final three frames, striking out two as West Virginia's hurlers finished with 10 whiffs.

Wilson provided most of the hosts' offense, going 3 for 4 with two runs scored and the three-bagger.


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