Monday, 9 August 2010

Dans edge Outlaws, 4-2 in first-round playoff

By TY

Central Division Playoff Box Score

DANVILLE -- Aaron Brandt threw five shutout innings to remain undefeated as the Danville Dans defeated the Nashville Outlaws 4-2 in the Prospect League's Central Division Playoff game at Danville Stadium on Monday. The Outlaws fell behind 3-0 after the second inning and struggled to get runs off the Danville pitching staff.

With the loss, the Outlaws end the season with an impressive 30-24 overall regular season record, including a Central Division best 16-10 in the second half of the season which allowed the franchise to clinch a playoff berth in their inaugural season of playing in the Prospect League.

Offensively, Drew Fann (Vanderbilt) led the Outlaws with two hits on Monday as Kevin Smith (LSU-Shreveport), Andrew Brouillette (LSU-Shreveport), Greg Bachman (Austin Peay) and Bryan Johns (Vanderbilt) all had one hit apiece.

Nashville starter Taylor Haydel (Western Kentucky) took the loss, allowing three runs on six hits in three innings of work.

Right-hander Kevin Crumb (Buffalo) was sharp in relief, tossing three innings of one-hit, scoreless relief to go along with four strikeouts and no walks.

Closer Jon Ivie allowed one walk and no hits in a third-of-a-inning to finish the season without allowing a single earned run.

The Outlaws would like to thank everyone for their support of a great first season of Nashville Outlaw baseball. Special thanks goes out to everyone who was involved in the Outlaw movement and a successful run to the playoffs in the franchise's inaugural season.

Outlaws face Danville in playoffs Monday

DANVILLE -- The keys to success this summer for the Danville Dans have been pitching and defense.

So, it should come as no surprise that those two areas are going to be critical tonight when the Dans host the Nashville Outlaws in the Prospect League’s Central Division playoff game at Danville Stadium.

“We need to throw strikes and play solid defense,’’ Danville manager Steve Bieser said. “If we can do that, I think we will be able to manufacture a few runs and have an opportunity to win the game.’’

The Dans, who won the first half title in the Central Division, are sending right-hander Aaron Brandt to the mound tonight against the Outlaws.

In two previous appearances against Nashville, Brandt has allowed seven runs — only five earned — in 13 innings, while walking two and striking out 10.

“They are a really good hitting team,’’ said Brandt, who is 5-2 this summer for the Dans. “I really proud to get this opportunity in the postseason.

“I love pitching at Danville Stadium, especially with the great support that we’ve received all year from the fans.’’

The Outlaws, the second-half champions, have a .267 team batting average and they aver 5.5 runs per game.

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Friday, 6 August 2010

Outlaws sweep Rex, clinch playoffs!!!

Box Score

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Doug Joyce's two-out RBI walkoff-single in the bottom of the seventh inning drove in Johnny Amann (Judson) propelled the Outlaws defeated Terre Haute 1-0 in Friday night's nightcap of the doubleheader. With the win, the Outlaws secured a playoff berth for the 2010 Prospect League playoffs.

Amann and Bryan Johns (Vanderbilt) drew one-out walks in the seventh before Joyce recorded the game-winning hit. It was only fitting that the team's RBI leader all season (Joyce) drove in the game winning run and arguably the biggest win of the year.

The Outlaws only had three hits in the nightcap after pounding out nine in the first game on Friday.

Joyce (Florida International), Kevin Smith (LSU-Shreveport) and Ryan McCauley all recorded hits.

Nashville starter PJ Francescon was terrific in game two, scattering just five hits in six shut-out inning. Francescon struck out fiveand walked four in the no-decision.

Navery Moore (Vanderbilt) struck out two in a rare one-inning of scoreless relief to earn the win.

The Outlaws will close out the regular season tomorrow as they travel to Dubois County to play the Bombers. Saturday's game will start at 7:05 p.m.

Depending on what happens in tomorrow's final regular season games, a win would mean the Outlaws would host next Monday's (Aug. 9) playoff game in Nashville.

Stay tuned to NashvilleOutlaws.com for playoff information.

Hillis, Ivie lead Outlaws into first-place

By TY


NASHVILLE, Tenn - Andy Hillis (Tennessee) allowed just one hit in six shutout innings and Jon Ivie (Belmont) struck out two in a scoreless seventh as the Outlaws defeated the Terre Haute Rex 2-0 Friday at Hawkins Field to move into sole possession of first place.

Hillis (3-3) struck out six and walked five in six shut-out innings to pick up the win while Ivie pushed his scoreless innings streak to 27.1 innings while earning his team-leading 10th save of the year.

Drew Fann (Vanderbilt) and Andrew Brouillette (LSU-Shreveport) led the Outlaws with two hits apiece in game one Friday as Nashville outhit Terre Haute 9-1 in the game.

With two games left in the regular season, the Outlaws stand alone in first-place in the Central Division of the Prospect League.

Game two of tonight's doubleheader is still in progress.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Outlaws move into first, top Richmond


By TY

Box Score | Standings | Schedule | Faith & Family Night Friday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Outlaws used a four-run sixth inning to break open a two-run game en route to beating Richmond 8-3 at Hawkins Field on Wednesday. With the win, the Outlaws move into a tie for first-place in the central division with the Terre Haute Rex.

The Outlaws (28-23 overall, 14-9 second half) have now won seven of their last 10 and 11 of their last 15 games dating back to July 17.

On Wednesday, the Outlaws were paced by a strong pitching performance from Taylor Haydel who allowed just two runs, one earned on seven hits in seven innings to improve to 5-2 on the season.

Haydel answered the call once again for the Outlaws with the playoffs on the line. The Western Kentucky product struck out four and walked two to pick up his second straight win in his last two outings. Haydel has been a workhorse for the Outlaws all summer long, tossing a team-high 58 innings while posting a staff-starting rotation best 2.79 ERA in 10 appearances.

The Outlaws took advantage of sloppy defensive play by the RiverRats who committed five errors in the game.

With Nashville leading 4-2, the Outlaws broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth, scoring four runs on three hits, including back-to-back, two-run double by Doug Joyce and two-run single by Greg Bachman.

The Outlaws finished with 11 hits in the game, while Richmond had 10. Doug Joyce (Florida International), Greg Bachman (Austin Peay), and Ryan Emery (Arkansas State) led the Outlaws with two hits apiece while five others recorded at least one hit.

Reliable Lee Thompson (St. Catherine) tossed two innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits to go along with two strikeouts.

Nashville will host co-central division leader Terre Haute tomorrow for what will be a double-header at Hawkins Field. Game one of the doubleheader will start at 6 p.m., with game two to follow. After Thursday the Outlaws will host Terre Haute on Friday at 7:05 p.m. in what will be the last home regular season game of 2010. Friday will serve as the last Faith & Family Night. On Friday, American Idol’s Phil Stacey will play at 5:30 p.m.

The Outlaws only have three home games left so be sure to come out and cheer on the team as they play for a right to go to the playoffs!

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Outlaws split two games with Richmond Tuesday

By TY

Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score | Updated Standings | Remaining Schedule

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Outlaws split a pair of games with Richmond on Tuesday, winning 4-3 in a resumed extra inning contest that was originally played on July 17, before falling 8-4 in the nightcap.

Game one Tuesday began with the game tied at three in the top of 11th with the Outlaws serving as the visiting team on the scoreboard.

After both teams went scoreless in the 11th, the Outlaws took a 4-3 in the top of 12th as Jack Lupo (Vanderbilt) led off the inning with a single and then advanced to second on a stolen base off Richmond pitcher Chuck Ghysels. Four pitches later, Ryan McCauley (Niagara) drove in Lupo with an RBI-double to left-center to give the Outlaws a 4-3 lead.

Jon Ivie (Belmont) started game one Tuesday as he continued as the pitcher of record from where the game was originally suspended back on July 17th. After the Outlaws took a 4-3 lead in the 12th, Ivie retired the RiverRats in order in the bottom of the 12th to preserve the win for Nashville.

Ivie finished the game with three scoreless innings of relief to go along with three strikeouts and two walks to improve his scoreless innings streak to 26.1 innings. Tuesday’s win for Ivie was his first since July 2, as the Belmont standout is primarily used in closing situations.

Matt Borgschulte (Western Kentucky), Doug Joyce (Florida International) Greg Bachman (Austin Peay) and Andrew Brouillette led Nashville with two hits apiece in the resumed game one.


In the nightcap, Richmond jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first as they took advantage of three free passes (two hit batters and a walk) while collecting two hits off Nashville starting pitcher Austin Bridgewater (Carson-Newman).

Trailing 2-0, the Outlaws responded with three runs on three hits in the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead. Joyce, Lupo and Borgschulte had singles in the inning. Borgschulte’s one-out, two-RBI single allowed Joyce and Kevin Smith to score.

After Nashville went up 3-2, Richmond quickly retook the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth and then tacked on another in the eighth and three more in the ninth to knock-off the Outlaws 8-4 in the night cap. (Click here to see box score)

Bridgewater took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits in six innings of work. Bridgewater struck out five, walked three and hit two batters.

Lee Thompson (St. Catherine) threw the seventh and the eight innings, allowing two runs on three hits while Matt Fitton (Sacred Heart) surrendered three walks and two runs on one hit in one-inning of relief.

Offensively, Kevin Smith led the Outlaws with a 2-for-3 effort and two walks to raise his Prospect League leading batting average to .372.

By splitting two games on Tuesday, the Outlaws remain one game behind Terre Haute for the second-half central division title race.

Nashville only has five regular season games left, with four of them coming at home at Hawkins Field in Nashville.

The Outlaws will play Richmond again tomorrow (Wednesday) at 7:05 p.m., before hosting division-leading Terre Haute for three games on Thursday and Friday. Thursday game against Terre Haute will be a double-header with the first game starting at 6 p.m. with the second game to follow.

To secure tickets log onto www.nashvilleoutlaws.com or call the Nashville Outlaws at 615-866-1040.

Monday, 2 August 2010


Outlaws topple Dubois County, 12-6

By TY

Box Score | Season Stats

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A night after collecting just five hits, the Nashville Outlaws pounded out 14 hits en route to a 12-6 win over Dubois County at Faith & Family Night at Hawkins Field Sunday. Five Outlaws recorded at least two hits in the win.


With the win, the Outlaws improve to 26-22 overall, including 12-8 in the second half of the season. Nashville continues to make a strong push to the postseason, having won 9 of their last 12 games since July 19. In addition, with Terre Haute losing to Quincy on Sunday, the Outlaws pulled within 1.5 games of the Rex for the central division second-half title race.

Dubois County (19-29, 9-13) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning and led 3-1 until the fourth inning.

In the fourth, the Outlaws sent 10 batters to the plate while scoring six runs on seven hits to take a 7-3 lead. Ryan McCauley (Niagara) notched two singles in the inning while Ryan Emery (Arkansas State), Jack Lupo (Vanderbilt), Greg Bachman (Austin Peay), Kevin Smith (LSU-Shreveport) and McCauley drove in at least one run in the inning.

The Bombers scored one run in the top of the fifth on a throwing error by Outlaw starter Navery Moore (Vanderbilt).

With a 7-4 lead, Nashville tacked on two more runs in the sixth as Bryan Johns (Vanderbilt), Doug Joyce (Florida International) and Smith tallied hits in the inning.

Dubois County cut into Nashville’s five-run lead in the top of the eighth with two runs on three hits while taking advantage of an Outlaw error to make it a 9-6 game.

The Outlaws would eventually break the game open in the bottom of the eighth with three more runs on three hits. Smith led off the inning with his second double of the game and then scored on Joyce’s RBI-single to center in the very next at-bat. Following a Bachman single, and walk to McCauley, Andrew Brouillette (LSU-Shreveport) was then hit by Emerson Morillo with the bases loaded allowing Joyce to score. Three at-bats and two outs later, Bachman scored the third run of the inning on a wild pitch by Morillo.

Nashville’s Moore earned the win Sunday, allowing four runs, three earned on six hits in six innings. The Franklin, Tenn., native struck out seven and walked four while throwing a 106 pitches.

PJ Francescon (Trevecca Nazarene), Kevin Crumb (Buffalo) and Jon Ivie (Belmont) all threw one inning of relief Sunday.

Ivie threw a scoreless ninth to run his season-total scoreless innings streak to 23.1 innings.

Offensively, Johns and Joyce led the Outlaws with three hits apiece while Bachman, McCauley and Smith had two each. Smith went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI to raise his batting average to .375, which currently leads the Prospect League. Emery also continued his hot bat Sunday, finishing 1-for-2 with a pair of RBI and a run scored.


Nashville gets a much-deserved day of rest tomorrow after playing 10 games in the last 11 days.

The Outlaws will host Richmond (26-23, 12-10) on Tuesday and Wednesday at Hawkins Field. Tuesday will feature two games as the Outlaws and River Rats will resume the July 17th-game that was tied 3-3 in the top of the 11th when the game was suspended due to lightning. Following the conclusion of the first game, Nashville and Richmond will play a second game approximately 20-30 minutes after the completion of the first game.


Other notes: Prior to the start of the game on Sunday, former Major League All-Star Kent Bottenfield and Gospel Music Academy Award winner Erik Bledsoe performed on the concourse next to Hawkins Field and Vanderbilt Stadium.

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Outlaws top Dubois County, 8-5

By TY

Box Score

HUNTINGBURG, Ind. – A four-run sixth inning proved to be difference for the Nashville Outlaws on Saturday as they defeated Dubois County 8-5 despite being outhit 12-5.

With the win, The Outlaws improve to 25-22 overall, including 11-8 in the second half of the season. Heading into Sunday, Nashville trails Central Division leader Terre Haute by 2.5 games with seven games remaining in the regular season. Out of the seven remaining games, six of them will be at Hawkins Field in Nashville.

Kevin Smith (LSU-Shreveport) led the Outlaws once again on Saturday, going 2-for-2 with a two runs scored and a walk to raise his batting average to a team-best .368. Smith also improved his hitting streak to eight straight games.

Jared Fancher (TCU) was the only other Outlaw to record more than one-hit Saturday, finishing 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI.

Doug Joyce (Florida International) went 1-for-3 with an RBI-single and sacrifice fly to collect his team-high 30th run batted in.

Matt Fitton (Sacred Heart) earned his fourth win of the year Saturday, tossing 3.2 innings of three-hit scoreless relief.

Kevin Crumb (Buffalo) threw a scoreless seventh and eight innings to lower his season ERA to 1.84 while Jon Ivie (Belmont) retired the Bombers in order in the ninth to earn his team-leading ninth save of the year.

Ivie and Crumb combined have thrown 48.1 innings this year for the Outlaws while posting a combined 0.56 ERA. Ivie and Crumb have struck out a combined 44 batters while walking 11.

Lee Thompson (St. Catherine College) was once again a bright spot for the Outlaws, tossing a season-high 6.1 innings of one-run relief. The southpaw allowed five hits while striking out five and walking three to lower his season ERA to 1.61. Thompson has struck out 21 and walked nine in 22.1 innings since joining the team on June 30.

The Outlaws will return home to Nashville for the start of their final six-game homestand tomorrow night. Nashville will play Dubois County at 6:05 p.m. CT on Sunday during Faith & Family Night.

Sunday’s festivities will feature a musical performance by former Major League All-Star Kent Bottenfield and Gospel Music Academy Award winner Erik Bledsoe prior to Outlaws game against the Dubois County Bombers. Bledsoe will be the opening act as the music will begin on stage at around 4:30 p.m. with the game to follow at 6.

With a great night of music, fellowship, and baseball planned, Sunday will also offer something for everyone’s sweet tooth, as Little Debbie will sponsor the Faith & Family Night with the Nashville Outlaws. On August 1st, Little Debbie celebrates its 50th anniversary. All fans in attendance will be greeted with a special treat from Little Debbie as they enter the Hawkins Field gates.

Dubois County shuts out Outlaws, 6-0

By TY

Box Score | Standings | Schedule | Season Stats

HUNTINGBURG, Ind. – Gage Daniels struck out seven in eight shutout innings for Dubois County as the Bombers blanked the Nashville Outlaws 6-0 at League Stadium Friday.

With the loss, The Outlaws fall to 24-22 overall, including 10-8 in the second half of the season. Nashville now trails Central Division leader Terre Haute by 2.5 games after the Rex won Friday. Eight games remain in the regular season. The good thing for the Outlaws is six of their eight remaining games will be at Hawkins Field in Nashville.

Ryan Emery (Arkansas State) was one of six Outlaws to record a hit on Friday, leading the team with two hits. Bryan Johns (Vanderbilt), Kevin Smith (LSU-Shreveport), Doug Joyce (Florida International), Ryan McCauley (Niagara) and Matt Borgschulte (Western Kentucky) all had one hit in the loss.

With one hit on Friday, Smith has now hit safely in seven straight games while Borgschulte has hit safely in five straight.

Andy Hillis (Tennessee) took the loss Friday for the Outlaws, allowing five runs on four hits in 1.2 innings. Early the second straight start, Hillis (2-3) struggled to find the strike zone, walking four while striking out two.

Lee Thompson (St. Catherine College) was once again a bright spot for the Outlaws, tossing a season-high 6.1 innings of one-run relief. The southpaw allowed five hits while striking out five and walking three to lower his season ERA to 1.61. Thompson has struck out 21 and walked nine in 22.1 innings since joining the team on June 30.

Nashville will play game two of a two-game series tomorrow night at 7:05 against the Bombers at League Stadium. Following the Saturday’s game the Outlaws will return home to Nashville for the start of their final six-game homestand.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Outlaws defeat Rex; pull within 1.5 games

By TY

Box Score | Standings | Season Stats

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Taylor Haydel (Western Kentucky) threw seven-innings of two-run ball while eight Nashville hitters recorded at least one hit as the Outlaws defeated the first-place Rex 5-2 at Bob Warn Field Thursday.

With the win, the Outlaws (24-21 overall, 10-7 second half) pulled within 1.5 games of first-place Terre Haute for the second-half title race.

Nashville continued to swing the bat well, as they out-hit Terre Haute 11-6. Greg Bachman (Austin Peay) led the Outlaws with three hits while Kevin Smith (LSU-Shreveport) went 2-for-5 to notch his fourth consecutive multi-hit game. Smith is currently second in hitting in the Prospect League, sporting a .357 average.

The Outlaws jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to throwing error by the Terre Haute shortstop.

Nashville tacked on three more runs in the fourth as five Outlaws tallied hits in the inning. With one out, Andrew Brouillette (LSU-Shreveport) singled to right and then came home on a RBI-triple by Matt Borgschulte (Western Kentucky) to give Nashville a 2-0 lead. Jared Fancher (TCU) then extended the lead with an RBI single to center, scoring Borgschulte from third. After Johnny Amann (Judson) singled, Drew Fann (Vanderbilt) drove in Fancher with an RBI-single to right to give Nashville a 4-0 lead.

Terre Haute responded with their only runs of the game in the bottom of the fourth, when they scored two runs on three hits to cut Nashville’s lead in half.

The Outlaws got their fifth run of the game as Ryan Emery drew a bases-loaded, two-out walk allowing Bachman, who singled earlier in the inning, to score from third.

Haydel was in command of the entire game on Thursday, allowing just two runs on six hits in seven-innings to improve to 4-2 on the year. The win for Haydel was his second in his last three quality starts.

Jon Ivie struck out two in another scoreless ninth to notch his team-leading eighth save of the season. In 21.1 innings this summer for the Outlaws, the Belmont Bruin is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Ivie has 21 strikeouts and just five walks in 21.1 scoreless innings.

Nashville will now travel to Huntingburg, Ind., to get ready for a two-game series with Dubois County. The Outlaws and Bombers will play Friday and Saturday at League Stadium before returning home to the Music City to play each other at Hawkins Field at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Video: Brian and Jerry Show (Episode 2)

By TY

Nashville Outlaw manager Brian Ryman and pitching coach Jerry Bell are back for another edition of the "Brian and Jerry Show." In this episode, Jerry explains how to properly throw the cuban forkball. Outlaw pitcher Andy Hillis also makes an appearance.



In case you missed episode 1 you can watch it by clicking here

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Dans rally in ninth; edge Outlaws, 6-5

By TY

Box Score | Standings | Season Stats

DANVILLE, Ill. – Trailing by one and down to its last out in the bottom of the ninth, four consecutive Danville batters reached base, including two via extra-base hits as the Dans rallied to knock-off Nashville, 6-5 at Danville Stadium Wednesday.

With the game tied at four, the Outlaws scored one run on three hits in the top of the ninth to take a 5-4 lead heading into the final half inning.

Nashville’s PJ Francescon (Trevecca Nazarene) retired the first two Danville hitters via strikeout in the bottom of the ninth before Jesse Tierney doubled. Following the Tierney double, Alex Edward drove in Tierney with an RBI-triple and tying the game at five. In the next at-bat, Jake Huxtable’s two-out RBI single off Francescon allowed Edward to score from third base for the game’s winning run.

The Outlaws out-hit Danville 13-9 but committed three errors in the field, including one that led to an unearned run. Offensively, Doug Joyce (Florida International) led Nashville with three hits and four RBI in five trips, including a first-inning three run homer. The home run for Joyce was his team-leading fifth of the season.

Greg Bachman (Austin Peay), Kevin Smith (LSU-Shreveport), Matt Borgschulte (Western Kentucky) and Ryan Emery (Arkanas State) all had two hits on Wednesday.

Austin Bridgewater (Carson Newman) made the start for the Outlaws on Wednesday, allowing three runs on five hits in a five inning no-decision. Bridgewater (3-1, 3.94 ERA) struck out five and walked three while throwing 96 pitches.

Francescon (0-2) allowed three runs, two earned scattering four hits in 3.2 innings of relief.

With the loss, the Outlaws fall to 23-21 overall and 9-7 in the second half of the season. Despite the loss, Nashville remained just 2.5 games behind first-place Terre Haute Rex of the Central Division with 10 regular season games left to play.

The Outlaws will have a chance to get within 1.5 games of the Rex tomorrow night when they face-off against the division leader in Terre Haute. Thursday’s game against the Rex will start at 6:05 p.m.

Around the Web: Outlaws top Rex in extras

By Todd Golden, Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The formula for extra innings for the Terre Haute Rex is simple. If the day ends in a “y” you have a good chance to see free baseball at Bob Warn Field.

Tuesday’s game against Nashville was no exception. The Outlaws forced extra innings with a two-run ninth inning and the game was decided in the 13th when Nashville broke through for an 11-9 victory in a game that lasted 4 hours, 41 minutes and which ended at nearly midnight.

It was the eighth extra inning game played by the Rex at Bob Warn Field this season.

The loss hurt the Rex in the Prospect League Central Division race. The Outlaws, who recently passed Richmond for second place, pulled to within two games of Terre Haute. The Central Division second-half champion earns a playoff berth.

Regulation baseball featured three lead changes in two ties. The Rex led 2-0 after the first. Chris Carlson doubled home Kyle Burnam and Carlson scored on a double play groundout.

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Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Outlaws edge Terre Haute in extras

By TY

Box Score

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Nashville Outlaws scored two runs in the top of the 13th inning to defeat the first-place Terre Haute Rex, 11-9 at Bob Warn Field on Tuesday. A total of 11 pitchers were used in the game as the game took 4 hours and 41 minutes to decide the outcome.

Kevin Smith's one-out RBI double to right-center drove in college teammate Andrew Brouillette from first-base to break a 9-9 tie game in the top of the 13th. The Outlaws would extend its lead later in the inning when Jared Fancher (TCU) plated Smith with a two-out RBI single up the middle, giving the Outlaws a two-run advantage heading into the bottom of the 13th.

The Outlaws trailed 9-7 heading into the top of the 9th before Johnny Amann (Judson) and Sam Dove led off the inning with singles and then came home on an RBI groundout by Greg Bachman (Austin Peay) and an RBI single by Doug Joyce (Florida International).

Sam Dove (Georgia Tech) had a career night at the plate, going 5-for-6 with a pair of RBI while Johnny Amann (Judson) Kevin Smith (LSU Shreveport) and Matt Borgschulte (Western Kentucky) each had two hits in the 13-inning win.

With the win, the Outlaws improve to 23-20 overall and 9-6 in the second half of the season. More importantly, with the win over the division leader Tuesday, Nashville now trails the Rex by two games with 11 games to play in the regular season.

Navery Moore (Vanderbilt) allowed six runs, five earned on five hits in 5.2 inning no-decision. Moore struck out three while walking a season-high six batters.

The back of the bullpen came up huge for the Outlaws on Tuesday as Craig Stem (Trevecca), Jon Ivie (Belmont) and Lee Thompson (St. Catherine) combined to throw 6.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Thompson (1-0) was once again a work horse for the Outlaws as he threw the game's final three innings to earn the win. The crafty lefthander scattered four hits and struck out five while throwing 60 pitches in relief to earn his first win of the year. In 16 innings this summer, Thompson has a 1.69 ERA.

Nashville was able to win despite committing three errors and being outhit 16-13.

Also notable:
** Johnny Amann is hitting .471 in his last seven games. Amann is 16-for-34 with 12 RBI, 8 runs, and 3 triples during that span. Two of those triples came in the same inning, which was also a prospect league record.
** Dove's five hits Tuesday ties an Outlaw record.
** With two scoreless innings on Tuesday, Outlaw closer Jon Ivie improved his scoreless innings streak to 20.1 innings this season. Ivie (2-0, 0.00 ERA) has 19 strikeouts and five walks on the year.

Prospect League Playoff Schedule Announced

By TY

The Prospect League office announced the postseason playoff schedule and format today.

The First and Second Half Winners of each division (East, Central, West) will play a one game play-off game at the site of the team with the higher overall regular season winning percentage. The games will be played on Monday, August 9.

If the same team wins the First and Second Half then the team with the best overall winning percentage over the complete 2010 season will play the divisional winner in a one game play-off. The three divisional winners will travel to Chillicothe, Ohio, VA Memorial Stadium for the Championship Series. The series is a single elimination series. The teams will be seeded based on their overall winning percentage for the regular season.

Key Dates to Remember

August 7 - Regular Season Ends

August 9 - Divisional Play-Off Games

August 10 - Travel Day to Chillicothe, Ohio

August 11 - Championship Series
2 p.m. CT - Game One, Second Seed vs. Third Seed
6 p.m. CT - Championship Game, Winner Game One vs. First Seed

Monday, 26 July 2010

Outlaws-Rex in Lightning Delay

By TY

We are currently in a lightning delay at Hawkins Field due to heavy thunderstorms in the Nashville area. The start of the game will be pushed back 30 minutes after a lightning strike. Stay tuned to the blog for weather updates. In the mean time stay dry.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Outlaws Hammer Terre Haute, 12-3

By TY


Postgame interview with Brian Ryman

Box Score
| Updated Standings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Trailing 2-1 after five innings, the Nashville Outlaws broke open the game by taking advantage of three Terre Haute errors by scoring nine runs on five hits in the sixth inning en route to an impressive 12-3 win over the central division's first-place team the Terre Haute Rex Sunday.

With the win on Sunday, Nashville improves to 22-20 overall and 8-6 in the second half of the season. The Outlaws are now within 2.5 games of the first-place Rex who stand at 12-4 in the second half of the season.

Matt Borgschulte (Western Kentucky) and Sam Dove (Georgia Tech) led the Outlaws with three hits apiece while Johnny Amann (Judson) went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI and two runs scored from the lead-off spot.

Terre Haute (26-19) came into the game having won four straight but struggled defensively and on the mound against the Outlaws on Sunday. Nashville took advantage of 10 free passes and four defensive miscues by Rex to open the flood gates in the sixth inning.

Brentwood (Tenn.) native Andy Hillis allowed two runs on four hits in 4.2 innings Sunday. Hillis struggled with control at times, walking six Terre Haute batters while recording just one strikeout.

Matt Fitton (Sacred Heart) earned the win Sunday, throwing 2.1 innings of no-hit, scoreless relief to improve to 3-4 on the season.

The Outlaws will conclude its seven-game homestand tomorrow when they host the first-place Rex at Hawkins Field. First pitch Monday will be at 7:05 p.m.

To order tickets log onto nashvilleoutlaws.com or call the Outlaws at 615-866-1040.

Video: SonicFlood Concert at Faith & Family Night

By TY

Nashville's very own Christian rock group, SonicFlood performed at the Outlaws Faith & Family night before their game against the West Virginia Miners on Saturday, July 24th. After the game fans were treated to a terrific fireworks show. Click below to watch the video of SonicFlood performing at Vanderbilt Stadium. Check back later for more video of the concert.


Saturday, 24 July 2010

Outlaws Fall to Miners; Win Streak Snapped

By TY

Box Score | Season Stats | Updated Standings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Outlaws had its season-high four-game winning streak snapped on Saturday when they fell to West Virginia by a score of 10-6 at Faith & Family Night at Hawkins Field. The Outlaws (21-20 overall, 7-6 2nd half) continued to swing the hot bats Saturday as they combined for 15 hits while scoring only six runs.

After jumping out to big leads on West Virginia the first two games of the series, the Miners had their way on Saturday as they got out to a 7-0 lead before Kevin Smith (LSU-Shreveport) launched his first home run of the summer, a three-run shot into the right-field bleachers to get the Outlaws within four at 7-3.

Greg Bachman (Austin Peay) led Nashville with a four-hit night to raise his average to a season-best .320. Bryan Johns (Vanderbilt) continued his hot-bat with a three more hits and a run scored.

Johnny Amann (Judson), Jack Lupo and Smith all had two hits apiece in Nashville's 15-hit offensive attack. Smith led the way in the RBI department, driving in three, while Amann had two.

Daniel Palo (MTSU) allowed seven runs (six earned) on just five hits while walking four and hitting two in 2.2 innings to fall to 2-3 on the summer.

Steven Murray (TCU) allowed three runs (all unearned) on four hits in three innings of middle relief while Lee Thompson (St. Catherine College) struck out three and allowed just one hit in 3.1 innings of scoreless relief.

Despite the loss on Saturday, the Outlaws have started to gel at the plate and their numbers show that. In three games against the second-place Miners, the Outlaws pounded out 42 hits and scored 27 runs.

Besides the game, musical performances by SonicFlood and Denver Bierman and the Mile High Orchestra and a terrific postgame fireworks show highlighted the second Faith & Family Night of the summer. A crowd of 2,239 attended the day's events at Hawkins Field.

Nashville will now host first-place division leader Terre Haute for two games, starting tomorrow (Sunday) night at 6 p.m.

To secure tickets log onto www.nashvilleoutlaws.com or call the Nashville Outlaws at 615-346-9405.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Outlaws Win Fourth Straight, Top Miners 6-2

By TY

Box Score | Saturday's Faith & Family Night

Bryan Johns’ three-run double with two-outs in the bottom of the seventh broke open a 2-1 game as the Outlaws defeated West Virginia, 6-2 in front of 1,229 fans at Hawkins Field on Friday.

Friday’s win is the fourth straight for the Outlaws, tying a franchise record. Nashville improved to 21-19 overall, including 7-5 in the second half of the season. The loss drops West Virginia to 23-20 overall and 8-7 in the second half.

The Outlaws got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first when they took advantage of two Miner errors that allowed Kevin Smith to score.

From that point on, the game settled into a a classic pitcher’s dual between Nashville’s Taylor Haydel (Western Kentucky) and West Virginia’s Jake Peeling up until the seventh inning. In the seventh, Peeling lost his control and hit three consecutive Outlaws with two outs to load the bases for Johns. Following a conference on the mound, West Virginia elected to stay with Peeling and Johns and the Outlaws made them pay two pitches later when Johns’ drove a fastball to right-center for a bases clearing double and giving Nashville 5-1 lead at that point.

Before the seventh inning, both teams had struggled to come up with a key hit in a timely situation as each team grounded into two double plays.

Haydel allowed just one run on three hits in a six-inning no-decision. Haydel struck out two and walked one while throwing 74 pitches.

Matt Fitton (Sacred Heart) earned the win, allowing one run on one hit with two walks and a strikeout in two-innings of relief.

Jon Ivie (Belmont) threw a scoreless ninth to improve his scoreless innings streak to 18.1 innings. Ivie is 2-0 with a league-high seven saves.

Offensively, a day after Nashville had six players record multi-hit games, Johns (Vanderbilt) was the only Outlaw to accomplish the feat on Friday, going 2-for-4 with 3 RBI. In his last four games, Johns is hitting .474 (9-for-19) with 8 RBI, 3 doubles, and four runs scored.

The Outlaws will close out the series tomorrow night with the Miners with first pitch slated for 6:05 p.m.

Tomorrow night’s contest will be the second Faith & Family Night of the summer. Saturday’s festivities are highlighted by SonicFlood and Denver Bierman of Denver & the Mile High Orchestra performance and postgame fireworks. The concert will start at 4:30 p.m. at Hawkins Field. To learn more about Saturday's festivities, click here.

Around the Web: Brouillette Heating Up

Check out Matt Puffenbarger's of the The Almagest July 22nd article on Nashville Outlaw Andrew Brouillette. Earlier this summer, the LSU-Shreveport star set the Prospect League record with three home runs against the Danville Dans on July 3. See the article below.

By Matt Puffenbarger of The Almagest

As summer heats up, so is the bat of LSUS baseball player Andrew Brouillette, currently playing for the Nashville Outlaws. Brouillette is finally making an impact in the summer Prospect League by having a record-breaking July, setting a league record. The Prospect League is a collegiate summer baseball league comprising teams of college players from all over the country and overseas. The 56-game season gives college standouts a chance to play against the best in the country, and to showcase their talents to a national audience.

Coming into July, Brouillette was struggling. He was batting well below .200, with no home runs and only five RBIs. However, when July finally rolled around, Brouillette stepped his game up.

CLICK HERE to read the full story.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Outlaws Dismantle Miners for 3rd straight Win

By TY

Box Score

The Nashville Outlaws brought heavy lumber to yard on Thursday as they pounded out a franchise record 22 hits en route to a 15-4 win over West Virginia to win its third straight game at Hawkins Field. A season-high 11 different Outlaws recorded a hit Thursday, including six with multi-hit games.

West Virginia (23-19) arrived to Hawkins Field riding a six-game winning streak and tied for the Eastern Division lead before getting knocked around for 22 hits.

The game got out of hand quick for the Miners as the Outlaws jumped out to an early 9-1 lead after just three innings. Nashville recorded 13 hits in the first three innings, including seven during a five-run third.

Holding a 9-1 lead after three innings, Nashville would tack on five more runs in the next two innings to take a comfortable 14-4 lead after five complete. By the end of the fifth inning, the Outlaw lineup had tallied 18 hits already while the top of the Outlaw order had already batted five times.

Nashville also had a franchise record four guys with at least three hits in the same game.

Leadoff man Johnny Amann (Judson) led the Outlaws with a perfect 4-for-4 night with a walk and run scored. Amann is hitting .556 (10-for-18) over his last four games and has raised his batting average to a season-high .301.

Bryan Johns (Vanderbilt) recorded his second three-hit game in four days, going 3-for-5 with 3 RBI, a double and run scored on Thursday out of the No. 2 hole.

Andrew Brouillette drove in a team-high four runs with a 3-for-5 night, including a two-run triple in the third while Sam Dove (Georgia Tech) went 3-for-6 with an RBI and run scored.

Jared Fancher (TCU) went 2-for-5 with three runs scored and two runs batted in while Doug Joyce (Florida International) went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.

PJ Francescon (Trevecca Nazarene) made his third start of the season for the Outlaws Thursday, allowing three runs on five hits in four innings of work before leaving the game with an undisclosed injury.

College teammate Craig Stem came into relieve Francescon in the fourth and was very efficient on the mound. Stem (1-1) allowed just one run on one hit in a season-high five innings of relief to earn his first win as an Outlaw.

Fans at Hawkins Field were also treated to some fantastic defensive plays during the slugfest. Jack Lupo (Vanderbilt), Brouillette and Fancher all made web-gem, highlight diving catches Thursday.

With the win the Outlaws improve to 20-19 overall, including 6-5 in the second half of the season.

The Outlaws will play the Miners again tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Hawkins Field.

For tickets log onto www.nashvilleoutlaws.com or call the Nashville Outlaws at 615-866-1040.

Video: Brian and Jerry Show Episode 1

By TY

Nashville Outlaw manager Brian Ryman and pitching coach Jerry Bell talk to one another about its different coaching philosophies in a new weekly video series called the "Brian and Jerry Show". In the first episode the veteran coach and former big league hurler (Bell) explains to coach Ryman some of his tips and odd stories.


Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Video: Kevin Smith on Outlaw experience

By TY

I caught up with star first-baseman Kevin Smith (LSU-Shreveport) to see how his summer has gone playing with the Nashville Outlaws. The sweet-swinging left-handed bat has had a monster summer for the Outlaws, currently ranking among the top three hitters in the Prospect League in batting average and on-base percentage. Click below to see the video spotlight on Kevin Smith.


Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Outlaws take series, outlast Gems 12-9

By TY

Box Score

Trailing 5-0 after the first inning, the Nashville Outlaws stormed back with a seven-run, seven-hit third inning to take an 8-6 lead and held on for a 12-9 win against Quincy at Hawkins Field on Tuesday evening.

Tuesday’s game was highlighted by Johnny Amann’s two third-inning triples. Amann became the first player in the Prospect League's history to record two triples in the same inning.

According to Baseball-Almanac, there have only been 11 players in professional baseball to record two triples in the same inning. The last player to accomplish the rare feat was Cory Sullivan of the Colorado Rockies who tripled twice in the same inning against the San Diego Padres on April 9, 2006.

Nashville trailed 6-1 heading into the bottom half of the third inning before sending 11 hitters to the plate in the seven-run inning. The first three hits of the inning went for extra bases. Amann led off the inning with a triple to deep center and then came into score on Bryan Johns (Vanderbilt) RBI-double. Doug Joyce (Florida International) then drove in Johns from second with a double down the left field line to make it a 6-3 game in favor of Quincy. Following a strikeout and a ground out, Andrew Brouillette (LSU-Shreveport), Jack Lupo (Vanderbilt) and Matt Borgschulte (Western Kentucky) recorded consecutive two-out singles to load the bases for Amann. After working the count to 2-1, Amann laced a bases-clearing triple to right-center to give the Outlaws an 8-6 lead.

Quincy pulled within a run of tying the game in the fourth when Steve Fernandez’s two-out double allowed Zach Kometani to score from second, making it an 8-7 game.

With a slim 8-7 lead, the Outlaws would break the game open in the fourth, scoring four runs on just two hits while taking advantage of three walks, two wild pitches, one passed ball and a hit-by-pitch to go up 12-7.

Amann, Lupo and Joyce led the 11-hit Nashville attack with two hits apiece while Ryan McCauley (Niagara), Brouillette and Amann all had multiple-RBI games.

Steven Murray earned his second win of the summer, allowing one run on two hits in two innings of middle relief.

Kevin Crumb (Buffalo) lowered his ERA to 0.82 after throwing three innings of one-hit relief while Jon Ivie (Belmont) allowed one unearned run on two hits with two strikeouts in the final two innings. Ivie has been terrific out of the bullpen this summer, throwing 17.1 innings of scoreless relief including a Prospect League high seven saves.

With the 12-9 win Tuesday, the Outlaws clinched the two-game series over the Gems and returned to .500 on the season with an overall record of 19-19, including 5-5 in the second half. The Outlaws are now just 2 games out of first-place in the Central Division.

The loss drops the Gems to 23-17 overall and 7-5 in the second half of the season.

Nashville will be off Wednesday, before returning to the friendly confines of Hawkins Field on Thursday for what will be the start of five straight games in five days at home.

The Outlaws will host the West Virginia Miners for three games starting on Thursday (7:05 p.m. start) before hosting Terre Haute for two games on Sunday and Monday.

For tickets log onto www.nashvilleoutlaws.com or call the Nashville Outlaws at 615-866-1040.

Video: Interview with Matt Borgschulte

By TY

NashvilleOutlaws.com caught up with newly acquired outfielder Matt Borgschulte at Hawkins Field this week to see how his first week playing with Outlaws went. The Western Kentucky product hit . 476 (10-for-21) in his first five games in the Prospect League. Click the video below.


Monday, 19 July 2010

Outlaws Crush Quincy, 9-1

By TY

Box Score

The Nashville Outlaws took advantage of a costly two-out error in the sixth inning as they broke open a 3-1 game by scoring five unearned runs in the inning en route to a 9-1 win over the Quincy Gems at Hawkins Field Monday.

With the win, Nashville improves to 4-5 in the second half of the season, while the loss drops Quincy to 7-4.

Navery Moore (2-2) showed why he was selected as a Prospect League All-Star this summer, allowing just one run on four hits in seven innings of work. Moore, who will be a junior next fall at Vanderbilt University, struck out six, walked two and hit a pair while throwing 56 of his 89 pitches for strikes. Moore was able to work his way out of trouble in a few timely situations during the game thanks to a mid-to-low 90s fastball and sharp curveball.

Nashville jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after scoring one run in each of the first three innings. After Quincy got on the board with a rune of their own in the top of the fourth, the game got out of hand in the sixth when the Outlaws made the Gems pay for a costly-two-out fielding error that led to five unearned Nashville runs.

Bryan Johns (Vanderbilt) led the Outlaws with three hits and two runs scored on Monday while Kevin Smith (LSU-Shreveport) drove in a team four runs, including a two-out bases clearing double to deep right in what was part of the five-run sixth. Heading into tomorrow, Smith's .357 batting average ranks second in the Prospect League.

Greg Bachman (Austin Peay) and Sam Dove (Georgia Tech) each collected two hits apiece while scoring a run. Drew Fann (Vanderbilt) went 1-for-1 with three walks and a run scored to raise his average to .273. Fann is hitting .556 (5-for-9) over his last three games.

Nashville will host Quincy again on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m., at Hawkins Field. Tuesday’s game marks game two of what is a seven-game homestand for the Outlaws.

For tickets call 615-866-1040 or visit NashvilleOutlaws.com.

Video: Drew Fann interviews Navery Moore

By TY

Nashville Outlaw catcher Drew Fann interviews right-handed pitcher Navery Moore before the Outlaws game against the Quincy Gems at Hawkins Field. The two players know each other really as they are college teammates at Vanderbilt. Click below to check out the video.


Sunday, 18 July 2010

An Eye For Developing Talent


By Craig Delk of the Herald Citizen

NASHVILLE -- There's just something Jason Bennett seems to like about developing talent.

The Cookeville native grew up dreaming about being involved in sports and business, and his latest venture has given him the best of both worlds. Bennett, a 1994 CHS graduate and 1998 Tennessee Tech grad, helped co-found the Nashville Outlaws baseball club and now serves as its vice president.

The Outlaws are a collegiate summer wood-bat league that competes in the Prospect League, where student-athletes looking to make a future jump to professional ball can get a feel for what it's like as opposed to aluminum bats.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the story.

Photo courtesy of Craig Delk of the Herald Citizen

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Nashville-Richmond game called due to lightning

By TY

Stats -Play-by-Play

The Nashville Outlaws game against the Richmond RiverRats Saturday was suspended due to lightning in the top of the 11th inning with the game tied at 3-3. The game was called at 9:52 p.m. CT after the teams tried to wait out the lightning in the Richmond, Ind., area.

The game will be made up (resumed) on August 3rd when Richmond travels to Nashville to face the Outlaws.

Nashville scored all three of its runs in the top of the third when they sent eight batters to the plate in the inning. Matt Borgschulte (Western Kentucky) and Jared Fancher (TCU) registered hits in the inning while Doug Joyce (Florida International) and Fancher recorded RBI. The Outlaws also took advantage of one costly Richmond error in the inning when Borgschulte came home on a fielding error by the Richmond shortstop on a grounder by Greg Bachman (Austin Peay).

Nashville led 3-0 until the bottom of the sixth when the RiverRats (7-2) tied the game on a three-run double by Tim Rupp.

The game remained tied the last three innings of regulation, forcing the game to go into extra innings.

The Outlaws (3-5) will return home to the Music City on Sunday as they prepare for an upcoming seven-game homestand starting on Monday night against the Quincy Gems. Monday night's game against the Gems will start at 7 p.m. at Hawkins Field.

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The Outlaws will look to bounce back from last night's 7-0 defeat.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Outlaws blanked by Richmond Friday

By TY

Box Score

RICHMOND, Ind. - Richmond's Nathan Dorris threw a three-hit complete-game shutout as the RiverRats won their sixth-straight game with a 7-0 win over Nashville at John Cate Field.

With the loss, the Outlaws fall to 3-5 in the second-half of the season while the win improved Richmond to 7-2. The Outlaws are 3.5 games out of first-place in the second-half central division.

Dorris struck out 12 and walked just one batter in a 113-pitch complete-game performance.

The RiverRats (7-2) jumped out to a 6-0 lead after three innings as Outlaw starter Craig Stem (0-1) allowed six runs on seven hits in three innings of work in what was only Stem's second appearance of the summer.

Lee Thompson (St. Catherine College) was one of the bright spots for the Outlaws on Friday, as he threw five innings of four-hit relief. Thompson allowed one run in the game's final five frames to go along with three strikeouts.

Offensively, Drew Fann (Vanderbilt), Ryan McCauley (Niagara) and Sam Dove (Georgia Tech) were the only Outlaws to register a hit against the Richmond southpaw.

Richmond and Nashville will play game two of what is a two-game series tomorrow at John Cate Field. First pitch is schedule for 6:05 p.m.

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Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Outlaws fall 3-2 to Danville in extra innings

By TY

Box Score

DANVILLE, Ill. - Danville's Jesse Tierney drove in Cole Bieser for the game winning run in the bottom of the 10th as the Dans edged the Nashville Outlaws 3-2 at Danville Stadium.

Johnny Amann (Judson) led the Outlaws with three hits Tuesday while Matt Borgschulte (Western Kentucky) and Kevin Smith (LSU-Shreveport) each had two hits. In three games with the Outlaws Borgschulte is 7-for-12 for a .583 batting average.

Andy Hillis (Tennessee) was sharp on the mound Tuesday, throwing six-innings of shutout baseball. Hillis, who was making his first appearance since July 3rd, struck out seven while allowing only two hits in the six-inning no-decision.

Kevin Crumb (Buffalo) continued to be stellar out of the bullpen on Monday, throwing two-innings of scoreless relief to go along with three strikeouts. In 12 appearances for the Outlaws this summer, Crumb boasts at 0.95 ERA in 19 innings.

Drew Fann (Vanderbilt), Sam Dove (Georgia Tech) and Greg Bachman (Austin Peay) each tallied a hit in the loss.

The Outlaws and Dans will be back in action at Danville Stadium tomorrow (Wednesday) night at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Joyce's Homers Lead Outlaws Past Springfield

By TY

Box Score | Season Stats

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - With Nashville trailing 3-0 in the sixth inning on Monday, Outlaw catcher Doug Joyce answered the call. Joyce (Florida International) belted a grand-slam and two-run shot to account for all of Nashville’s 6 runs as the Outlaws defeated the Sliders 6-3 at Robin Roberts Stadium on Monday evening.

Trailing 3-0 in the sixth, Joyce got the Outlaws within a run when he connected on a two-run shot off Springfield starter Mark Winkelman in the top of the inning. Kevin Smith led off the sixth with a double down the right field line before Joyce launched his third homer of the year.

One inning later, newly-acquired Matt Borgschulte (Western Kentucky) was hit by Austin Cole. Johnny Amann (Judson) then reached base on a error by the right-fielder before Smith was hit by Springfield reliever Pat Gannon. With one-out and bases loaded Joyce stepped up to the plate and delivered his biggest hit of the summer, a grand slam over the outfield wall for his team-leading fourth round-tripper of the year.

Joyce’s grand slam gave the Outlaws a 6-3 lead and from there the bullpen tossed three innings of scoreless relief.

Andrew Bridgewater (Carson-Newman) allowed three runs, only one earned in six-innings while striking out four to improve to 3-1. Matt Fitton (Sacred Heart) struck out two of the three batters he faced in the seventh while Chris Stem (Trevecca Nazarene) allowed two-hits in a scoreless eighth inning for his Outlaw debut.

Staff closer Jon Ivie (Belmont) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his seventh save in as many chances while running his scoreless innings streak to 15.1 innings.

Borgschulte and Joyce led the Outlaws with two hits apiece. Borgschulte is 5-for-7 (.714) in his first two games as an Outlaw.

The Outlaws (2-3) will play the Danville Dans Tuesday and Wednesday in Danville, Ill. Both games will start at 6:30 p.m.

Video: Nashville RBI Youth Baseball Clinic

By TY

The Nashville Outlaws teamed up with Vanderbilt Sports Medicine to organize an equipment drive to benefit Nashville RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) at the game against Richmond on July 9. Outlaw pitching coach Jerry Bell and Vanderbilt Athletic Trainer Chris Ham gave the Nashville RBI players an instructional clinic in the bullpen. Click below to watch.


Sunday, 11 July 2010

Outlaws fall 5-2 to Springfield Sliders Sunday

By TY

Box Score

Less than 24 hours after knocking off Richmond on Saturday night, the Outlaws came up short on Sunday, falling to Springfield 5-2 at Robin Roberts Stadium. The Outlaws (1-3) outhit the Sliders 8-7 but failed to record an extra-base hit on Sunday while the Sliders had three.

Nashville took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third when they took advantage of a costly Springfield error for one of the runs before Springfield scored five unanswered to round out the scoring.

Prospect League All-Star, Navery Moore (Vanderbilt) allowed four runs on six hits in five innings to go along with four strikeouts and two walks.

Steven Murray (TCU) allowed one run on one hit in three innings of relief.

Offensively Sunday, Nashville was led by newly acquired outfielder Matt Borgschulte (Western Kentucky) who went 3-for-4 with a run scored in his Outlaw and Prospect League debut. Andrew Brouillette (LSU Shreveport) and Sam Dove (Georgia Tech) both went 2-for-4.

The Outlaws will play against Springfield tomorrow (Monday) night at 6:35 p.m. under the lights at Robin Roberts Stadium. Monday's game marks the second game of what is a six-game roadtrip for the Outlaws.

Click the box score at the top of the page to see the stats of Sunday's game.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

FINAL: Outlaws top RiverRats, 5-4


By TY

Box Score

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Jarred Fancher's (TCU) fifth-inning solo shot over the scoreboard proved to be the difference as Nashville's pitching staff didn't allow a run after the fourth inning as the Outlaws defeated Richmond 5-4 in front of a crowd of 1,921 at Hawkins Field on Saturday night.

The Outlaws (1-2) trailed 3-0 after the RiverRats scored three unearned runs in the first two innings. Nashville responded with four runs of their own to take a 4-3 lead. With two outs in the third, Richmond starter Derek Grabner hit Kevin Smith (LSU-Shreveport), before serving up a two-run double down the right-field line by Ryan McCauley (Niagara) to plate the Outlaws first two runs.

With the Outlaws trailing 3-2, Grabner then walked four in succession, two with the bases loaded, giving Nashville a 4-3 lead. In all, 10 Outlaws came to the plate in the bottom of the third.

Daniel Palo (Middle Tennessee) allowed four runs (only one earned) on five hits in seven workmen-like innings to improve to 2-2 while Matt Fitton (Sacred Heart) and Jon Ivie (Belmont) both struck out a pair in one-inning of scoreless relief.

Ivie threw a scoreless ninth to earn his team-leading sixth save of the season while running his scoreless inning streak to 14.1 innings. Ivie (2-0, 0.00 ERA) has 16 strikeouts and just three walks in 14.1 innings for the Outlaws.

Greg Bachman (Austin Peay) and Johnny Amann (Judson) led Nashville with two hits apiece while Fancher and McCauley drove in two runs each.

Nashville will travel to Springfield, Ill., tomorrow for the start of what will be a six-game road trip. The Outlaws will play the Sliders for two games before traveling to Danville (Ill.) and Richmond (Ind.) for a pair of two-game series later in the week.

Photo taken by Mike Strasinger

Outlaws Beat River Rats 5-4.

The Nashville Outlaws took advantage of one really wild inning of Derek Grabner. The four-run third inning still wasn't enough though as it was Jarred Fancher's solo shot to left in the fifth that ending up as the difference in the 5-4 victory.

Outlaws starter Daniel Palo (2-2) went seven solid innings, but was still plagued by wildness as he walked five hitters and plunked another. Still, he kept his focus even after the team made two costly errors early on which resulted in three unearned runs. Matthew Fitton and closer Jon Ivie struck out two each and capped off another good pitching performance for the bullpen in the final two frames.

With a long roadtrip coming up, it will be important for the bats to come alive. There were signs tonight like Fancher's homerun and some hard shots off the bats of Brouillette and Amann that make you think that good things may be on the way.

Fancher Goes Yard, Outlaws Take Lead.

Jarred Fancher just unloaded on a fastball inside from new Richmond righthander Callahan Bowling. Cool name, doesn't look anything like Chris Farley or Brian Dennehy who ran the fictional Callahan Automotive in the movie Tommy Boy.

No doubt about that moonshot over the green monster of Hawkins Field. It was Fancher's second of the summer and gave him his 10th RBI. Outlaws up now 5-4 through five innings.

Walking Practice for the Outlaws.

It can be truly scary for a team to watch their pitcher suddenly and quite completely lose their feel for the plate. It happened to Richmond southpaw starter Derek Grabner in the third inning. Grabner allowed a double, then hit Kevin Smith, before allowing a two-run double down the rightfield line by Ryan McCauley to plate the Outlaws first two runs. Then Grabner walked four in succession, two with the bases loaded. In all, 10 Outlaws came to the plate in the bottom of the third.

Plate discipline is key for this Outlaws team, as they are in the top five in the Prospect League in OBP with a .366 mark coming into action tonight. The 153 walks drawn through the fourth inning is one behind Richmond who has 154.

Oh yeah, and we are now tied at 4-4 going into the bottom of the fourth.

No Outlaws Broadcast Tonight.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to broadcast tonight's game as several of you have noticed. We will try to keep you updated throughout via the Nashville Outlaws Blog.

Outlaws - River Rats Game Delayed Slightly

As we speak, the two-man umpiring crew has just arrived at Hawkins Field. The game originally scheduled for 6:05 central is going to be a little late. However, we will start this one right about 6:25 pm. The following equation just doesn't work: Late Umpires + Scattered Rain Storms = Delayed Outlaws Baseball.

Daniel Palo goes for the Outlaws and we will see how his command is coming along. The 23 K's is awesome, but now he's just got to work on the 23 walks. But that is what summer baseball is all about, working on your secondary pitches.

Video: Interview with Ryan McCauley

By TY

Before Friday night's game against the Richmond RiverRats, NashvilleOutlaws.com caught up with the sweet-swinging lefty Ryan McCauley (Niagara). McCauley finished the first half of the season on a tear at the plate, hitting .737 (14-for-19) during a six-game road trip at the end of June. Check out the video below to see how McCauley's summer experience playing with the Outlaws has been.


Friday, 9 July 2010

Outlaws fall to Richmond, 6-3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Outlaws fell 6-3 to Richmond at Hawkins Field on Friday night. The Outlaws will look to get back on the winning track tomorrow (Saturday) night when they host the RiverRats at 6 p.m.

Click here to see the box score of Friday's game.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Outlaws fall to Dubois County Thursday, 4-3

By TY

Box Score

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville’s pitching staff combined for 15 strikeouts but it wasn’t enough to hold off a late rally by Dubois County as the Bombers broke a 3-3 tie game in the top ninth to edge the Outlaws, 4-3 at Hawkins Field on Thursday.

Thursday’s game between Dubois County and Nashville marked the first game of the second season of the 2010 Prospect League. The Outlaws (0-1) went 14-14 during the first half of the regular season and finished just 1.5 games behind first-place Central Division winner Danville, who finished 15-12.

The Outlaws jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when they scored two runs on two hits while taking advantage of two walks. Billy Rumpke III (Columbia) led-off the first with a walk and then advanced to second on sharp single to left-field by Sam Dove (Georgia Tech). Kevin Smith (LSU-Shreveport) would then drive in Rumpke from second on a single to center, giving Nashville a 1-0 lead. Following a Greg Bachman (Austin Peay) walk, Ryan McCauley would then ground into 4-6-3 double-play, allowing Dove to score from third to make it 2-0.

Dubois County cut into Nashville’s lead in the top of the fourth when they recorded three consecutive two-out singles, including an RBI-single by Gavin Green before Nashville starter PJ Francescon (Trevecca Nazarene) got DC Legg to fly-out with the bases loaded to limit the threat.

The Outlaws would tack on another run in the bottom of the fourth when Doug Joyce (Florida International) launched his second home run of the season into the bleachers in left-center.

Nashville continued to lead 3-1 until Dubois tied the game in the seventh on a two-out, two-RBI single by Steve Tkowski off of Steven Murray (TCU).

With the game tied at three, the Outlaws struggled to come up with the key hit as they failed to record a hit after the fourth inning.

Dubois County notched its first lead of the game in the top of the ninth when Evan Patterson scored on a single through the left side by Tkowski off Nashville reliever Kevin Crumb (Buffalo).

The Outlaws had one final chance to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth but Dubois’ Ben Bullard struck out two of the three batters he faced to earn his third save of the summer.

Nashville’s pitching staff was sharp once again as Francescon, Murray and Crumb combined for 15 strikeouts. Francescon allowed one run on five hits in five innings with six strikeouts and three walks.

Murray struck out five while allowing two runs on two hits.

Crumb finished with four strikeouts and one walk in two-innings of relief.

The Outlaws will host the Richmond River Rats on Friday and Saturday night at Hawkins Field in Nashville, Tenn. Friday night’s game will start at 7 p.m. while Saturday’s will be at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Prospect League All-Star Game Recap

By TY

The Nashville Outlaws were recently represented by three players at Tuesday night's Prospect League All-Star Game in Quincy, Ill. Doug Joyce (Florida International), Navery Moore (Vanderbilt) and Matt Fitton (Sacred Heart) played for the East squad.

Quick hits from the game
* Joyce went 1-for-2 with an RBI-single
* Moore was the first pitcher out of the bullpen for the East team, throwing one-inning of no-hit scoreless relief.
* Fitton allowed one run on one hit with two walks and a strikeout in one-inning of relief.

Click here to see a recap and box score of the game, courtesy of Joe Barker of the Hannibal Courier Post.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Outlaws split DH with Dubois County

By TY

Box Score | Game 1 Recap | Season Stats |

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Outlaws and Dubois County Bombers split a pair of seven-inning contests Thursday night at Hawkins Field. The Outlaws won the first game 7-1 behind a strong pitching performance by Taylor Haydel (Western Kentucky) before falling in the nightcap 5-4.

Nashville (12-13) sent newly acquired PJ Francescon (Trevecca) to the bump in game two, who responded with four scoreless innings to start the game.

In the nightcap, Nashville scored one run in the second and one run in the fourth to carry a 2-0 lead into the fifth. Jack Lupo (Vanderbilt) scored the first run of the game when he came across the plate on a Drew Fann (Vanderbilt) ground out. The Outlaws (12-13) added another run in the fourth as Andrew Brouillette (LSU-Shreveport), Johnny Amann (Judson) and Bryan Johns collected hits in the inning.

With the Outlaws leading 2-0 in the fifth, Dubois County (9-14) battled back to score three unearned runs with two outs, courtesy of a bases clearing double down the left-field line by Steve Tkowski to take the first lead of the night (including both games). All

The Bombers would add two more runs in the sixth to take a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh. With Nashville down to its last at-bat, the Outlaws scraped away at the three-run deficit and got within 90-feet away from tying the game before falling 5-4.

Francescon allowed three runs, no earned on seven hits in 4.2 innings while striking out five.

Newly acquired Lee Thompson (St. Catherine) allowed two runs on two hits in 0.2 innings of middle relief in his Outlaw debut while Kevin Crumb (Buffalo) tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Offensively in game two, the Outlaws were once again led by Ryan McCauley (Niagara). McCauley raised his average to a Prospect League best .361 with two more hits in the nightcap after going 3-for-4 in the first game on Thursday. McCauley is hitting .700 (16-for-23) over his last seven games.

Brouillettee went 2-for-4 with a run scored while Amann was 2-for-3.

Nashville will host the Danville Dans in a three-game series at Hawkins Field starting Friday. First pitch of tomorrow night’s game against the Dans is 7 p.m. CT.

Click here to see notes from the Outlaws 7-1 win over Dubois on Thursday.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Outlaws win game one of DH against Bombers

By TY

Box Score

The Nashville Outlaws got a 10-strikeout performance from Taylor Haydel (Western Kentucky) and a 3-for-4, four-RBI game from red-hot Ryan McCauley (Niagara) to defeat Dubois County, 7-1 in game one of a Thursday doubleheader at Hawkins Field.

It marked the second straight game that a Nashville starting pitcher has struck out 10 batters in a game. Navery Moore (Vanderbilt) struck out 10 in seven innings last night in a 5-4 win against Springfield.

McCauley is hitting .737 (14-for-19) in his last six games and has seen his batting average improve nearly a 150 points during that stretch.

In Haydel's last two starts, he has struck out 19 and walked only three in his 12.1 innings of work. The Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native has nearly 6:1 strikeout (33) to walk ratio (5) in 27 innings this summer for the Outlaws.

We are currently in the top of the fifth inning in game two of tonight's doubleheader with the Dubois County Bombers.

Three Outlaws Named Prospect League All-Stars

By TY

2010 All-Star Rosters

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Doug Joyce, Matt Fitton and Navery Moore have been selected to play in the 2010 Prospect League All-Star Game, the league office announced Thursday. The three Nashville Outlaws will play for the East squad. The game will be held on July 6th, at QU Stadium in Quincy, Ill.

The all-star selections were voted on and made up by the field managers of all 15 participating teams in the league.

Moore, a hard-throwing right-hander from Vanderbilt, is 1-1 with a 3.32 ERA in three starts this summer. The Franklin, Tenn., native has 22 strikeouts and five walks in 19 innings.

Joyce (Florida International) has been a constant contributor in the middle of the lineup this summer for the Outlaws. In 11 games, Joyce is hitting .275 with a home run, three doubles and eight runs batted in. Joyce’s top performance came against West Virginia on June 20, when he went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI, leading the Outlaws to a 6-2 win over the Miners.

Fitton is 1-2 with a 3.44 ERA in nine appearances, including one start. The 6-foot-9 right-hander out of Sacred Heart has a 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio in 18.1 innings this summer. In his most recent outing on June 29, Fitton faced just four batters in one-inning of scoreless relief.

Festivities all-star weekend also include, a pro scout workout for all the players, a always home run derby before the game, fireworks after the game and plenty of food, drink and fun!


2010 Prospect League All-Star Game
When: July 6, 2010, 6:30 pm

Site: QU Stadium, Quincy, Illinois

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Outlaws edge Sliders, 5-4; return home Thursday

By TY



Box Score



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Ryan McCauley (Niagara) and Sam Dove (Georgia Tech) combined for five of Nashville’s seven hits and Navery Moore (Vanderbilt) struck out 10 in seven strong innings to lead Nashville to a 5-4 win over Springfield at Robin Roberts Stadium on Wednesday.

With the win, the Outlaws improve to 11-12 overall, while the loss drops the Sliders to 14-8. Springfield came into the game with 2.5 game lead in the Prospect League’s Western Division.

Nashville scored the first two runs of the game in the top of the first when they took advantage of two Springfield errors and a pass ball.

The Sliders (14-8) quickly tied the game at two in the bottom of the first when they scored two runs on three hits off Nashville starter Navery Moore.

The Outlaws regained the lead in the top of the fifth when Drew Fann (Vanderbilt) scored on a Bryan Johns infield groundout, giving Nashville a 3-2 lead. Fann led off the inning with a sharp double to left before advancing to third on a Jared Fancher (TCU) groundout.

Nashville tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth to go up 5-2 as McCauley and Ryan Emery (Arkansas State) scored in the inning. The Outlaws got key hits by Johnny Amann (Judson), McCauley and Dove to take a three-run lead.

With the Outlaws holding a 5-2 lead, things got interesting when Springfield scored two runs on four hits in the bottom of the sixth, making the score 5-4.


Moore allowed four runs on nine hits in seven innings to go along with 10 strikeouts and just one walk to earn the win. Moore pounded the strike zone all night as 76 of his 109 pitches were strikes.

Kevin Crumb (Buffalo) threw a scoreless eighth before handing the ball to closer Jon Ivie (Belmont), who struck out two while retiring the side in order in the ninth to earn his fifth save.

Offensive notes:
McCauley is hitting .733 (11-for-15) in his last five games (all on the road), including a season-best 4-for-4 effort against Quincy on Monday. In his last five games, McCauley’s batting average has risen an astonishing 124 points (from .204 to .328). The Urbandale, Iowa native currently leads the team with a .328 batting average while Greg Bachman (Austin Peay) is in second with a .308 average.

The Outlaws will return home to the Music City on Thursday, July 1st for a start of what will be a seven-game homestand at Hawkins Field.



Thursday’s game against the Dubois County Bombers will be a doubleheader. The first game will start at 6 p.m., with the second game to follow.



The doubleheader serves as a makeup for the June 17th game against Dubois that was rained out.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Nashville falls to Quincy, 10-4

By TY

Box Score

QUINCY, Ill. – A day after jumping out to a 7-0 lead over Quincy, Nashville fell behind 6-0 after three innings as the Gems went on to defeat the Outlaws 10-4 at QU-Stadium on Tuesday night.

Sam Dove (Georgia Tech) and Ryan McCauley (Niagara) continued to swing a hot bat Tuesday as they both went 2-for-4 to lead the Nashville offense. McCauley is hitting .643 (9-for-14) in his last four games, including a season-best 4-for-4 effort against the Gems on Monday.

Quincy (11-10) finished the game with 10 runs on 10 hits while Nashville scored four runs on nine hits. The Outlaws had ample opportunities to score more runs Wednesday as they left 12 runners on base and Quincy committed four errors in the field.

Jared Fancher (TCU) led off the fifth-inning with a solo home run to cut into Quincy’s five-run lead. The home run was Fancher’s first of the season.

Nashville starting pitcher Andy Hillis (Tennessee) allowed eight runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and three walks in 4.2 innings.

Matt Marsh (Austin Peay) allowed two runs on two hits in 2.1 innings of relief while Matt Fitton (Sacred Heart) struck out one and walked one in a scoreless inning of relief.


Nashville (10-12) will travel to Springfield, Ill., tomorrow to face the Springfield Sliders Wednesday night at Robin Roberts Stadium. The Sliders (14-7) currently lead the Prospect League Western Division and enter tomorrow’s game against the Outlaws winners of four of their last five games. The Sliders split a doubleheader with Hannibal on Tuesday night.

The Outlaws will return home to the Music City on Thursday, July 1st for a start of what will be a seven-game homestand at Hawkins Field.

Thursday’s game against the Dubois County Bombers will be a doubleheader. The first game will start at 6 p.m., with the second game to follow.

The doubleheader serves as a makeup for the June 17th game against Dubois that was rained out.

Monday, 28 June 2010

Outlaws use long ball to top Gems, 8-2

By TY

Box Score | Season Stats

QUINCY, Ill. – The Nashville Outlaws jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after two innings, thanks to a three-run home run by Sam Dove (Georgia Tech) in the top of the first and got seven shutout innings from starting pitcher Austin Bridgewater to pick up an 8-2 win over Quincy at QU-Stadium on Monday.

With the win, the Outlaws snap a three-game losing streak and improve to 10-11 overall while the loss drops Quincy back to .500 at 10-10.

Nashville showed some patience at the plate on Monday, as they took advantage of eight free passes from Quincy’s pitching staff and made them pay with a pair of multi-run home runs.

Nashville led 7-0 heading into the eighth inning before the Gems could finally get on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the inning.

Austin Bridgewater (Carson-Newman) won for the second time in his last three starts, tossing seven shutout innings on Monday. Bridgewater scattered only four hits while striking out two in the win.

Ryan McCauley (Niagara) set a franchise record with four hits in the game, including a key two-run home run in the top of the sixth that gave Nashville a 6-0 lead. The long-ball was McCauley’s first of the summer. McCauley has been on a tear as of late, hitting .700 (7-for-10) over his last three games.

Dove’s three-run homer in the top of the first was his team leading third of the summer.

Billy Rumpke III (Columbia) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Greg Bachman (Austin Peay) recorded his fourth multi-hit game in his last six games by going 2-for-5 on Monday.

Kevin Crumb (Buffalo) threw the ninth inning for the Outlaws, allowing just one hit while striking out two of the four batters he faced to lower his ERA to 0.79.

Nashville will play game two of what is a two-game series at Quincy tomorrow night at QU Stadium. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.

The Outlaws will return home to the Music City on Thursday, July 1st for a start of what will be a seven-game homestand at Hawkins Field.

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Outlaws drop doubleheader to Hannibal

By TY

Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score | Season Stats

HANNIBAL, Mo. – Hannibal out-hit Nashville 23-10 in a pair of seven-inning contest to take both games of a doubleheader at Samuel Clemens Field on Saturday. The Cavemen (11-8) extended their winning streak to five Saturday, edging the Outlaws 5-4 in game one before winning 12-1 in the nightcap.

With two losses on Saturday, the Outlaws (9-11) have now dropped three straight games after winning four straight from June 19-23.

In the game one the Outlaws trailed 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth before scoring three runs on four hits to tie the game. With the game tied at three, Hannibal added a run in the sixth and seventh inning to take a 5-3 lead. Down to their last at-bat in the bottom of the seventh, Nashville got within a run of the tying the game when Sam Dove (Georgia Tech) connected on his second home run of the season, a one-out solo shot off James Hudelson.

Taylor Haydel (Western Kentucky) fell to 1-1, allowing four runs on seven hits in six innings of work despite striking out a team and season-high nine batters.

Dove led Nashville at the plate in game one, going 2-for-3 with a home run and a double.

In the nightcap, Nashville jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning before Hannibal scored 12 unanswered over the next six frames. The Cavemen outhit the Outlaws 14-4 and took advantage of three Nashville errors for the lopsided victory.

The two teams will conclude the three-game series tomorrow (Sunday) when they meet at 1:05 p.m. CT at Samuel Clemens Field.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Nashville falls to Chillicothe in 14 innings

By TY

Box Score | Season Stats

Trying to win its franchise best fifth game in a row, Nashville failed to get a timely hit with men on base as Chillicothe edged the Outlaws, 4-3 in 14 innings at VA Memorial Stadium on Thursday. The Outlaws (9-9) stranded 15 runners on base in a game that last four hours and 31 minutes.

Greg Bachman (Austin Peay) led Nashville at the plate on Thursday, going 3-for-5 with a run scored while Sam Dove (Georgia Tech) and Johnny Amann (Judson) each added two hits in the loss.

A total of 12 pitchers were used in the game. Nashville used a season-high seven pitchers in Thursday night’s contest.

Navery Moore (Vanderbilt) posted his second solid outing in as many chances on Thursday, allowing two runs on five hits in six and one-third innings. Moore struck out five and walked two.

Daniel Palo (Middle Tennessee) fell to 0-2 on the year after allowing one run on two hits in the bottom of the 14th.

The Outlaws will get tomorrow off before traveling to Hannibal, Mo., for a two-game road series with the Hannibal Caveman on Saturday and Sunday.

Outlaws pound Paints to win fourth straight

By TY

The Nashville Outlaws extended its winning streak to four games last night when they hammered Chillicothe, 13-4 at VA Memorial Stadium on Wednesday evening. With the win, Nashville improved to 9-8 while the loss dropped Chillicothe to 14-4.

Here are a few notes from Nashville’s win over Chillicothe on Wednesday.

* Nashville pounded out 16 hits in the game. The 16 hits is the second most hits recorded by the Outlaws in a single game this summer. Nashville collected 19 hits against the Paints in a 16-5 win back on June 11th at Hawkins Field.
* Johnny Amann (Judson) had a career night, going 3-for-5 with 6 RBI including a 3-run double and 2-run home run. The homer was Amann’s first of the year. Amann entered Wednesday’s game with four RBI in his first 16 games, before driving in six last night.
* Bryan Johns (Vanderbilt) made his Outlaw season debut, finishing 1-for-3 with 3 hit-by-pitch and a team best 4 runs scored from the lead-off spot.
* Billy Rumpke III (Columbia) went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored out of the No. 9 hole.
* Catcher Drew Fann (Vanderbilt) went 2-for-5 with 2 runs scored while Greg Bachman (Austin Peay) continued to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-5 with a run scored.
*Matthew Fitton (Sacred Heart), Wes Alsup (UT-Martin) and Kevin Crumb (Buffalo) were sharp in relief as they combined to throw seven-innings of scoreless relief. The trio surrendered only three hits while fanning eight and walking three.
* Andy Hillis (Tennessee) allowed four runs on four hits in two innings of work to earn the no-decision in what was his shortest outing of the year.