TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Jack Lupo’s hit-by-pitch in the top of the ninth proved to be the difference in what was a pitcher’s dual for nine innings as the Nashville Outlaws defeated the Terre Haute Rex, 1-0 for the franchise’s first ever win in front of 755 fans at Bob Warn Field Saturday.
Terre Haute’s Michael Sudbury (0-1) plunked the soon-to-be Vanderbilt transfer (Lupo), allowing Ryan Emery (Arkansas State) to score from third.
Nashville’s Jon Ivie (Belmont) closed out the game with two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the first save of the franchise’s history.
Both teams pitching staffs kept the offense at bay Saturday as the Rex and Outlaws recorded a pair of four-hitters.
Nashville’s right-hander Andrew Bridgewater (Carson-Newman) started the game for the Outlaws, allowing just two hits in 4.2 innings of shutout baseball. Bridgewater walked six while striking out three. Mac Thoreson (Miami (OH) came into relieve Bridgewater in the fifth and he was just as good, allowing two hits in 2.1 innings of scoreless relief with one strikeout and a walk.
Austin Peay’s Matt Marsh threw a scoreless eighth for the Outlaws (1-1) to earn the win for Nashville. Marsh surrendered no hits while striking out one and walking two.
Andrew Brouillette (LSU-Shreveport), Jarred Fancher (TCU), Billy Rumpke III (Columbia) and Lupo each had hits in the win.
The Rex (1-2) left 13 men on base in the contest while the Outlaws left seven on base.
The win marked the Outlaws first franchise victory.
Nashville continues its four-game road swing tomorrow when they play at Chillicothe. Sunday’s game against the Paints will start at 5:05 p.m.
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