Friday, 4 June 2010

Outlaws drop season opener


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Nashville Outlaws kicked off its 2010 inaugural season by falling 10-3 to the Terre Haute Rex on Friday night at Bob Warn Field in Terre Haute, Ind. Despite the season-opening loss, the game marked the first game in the franchise’s history.

The Outlaws (0-1) got on the scoreboard first in the top of the third when they scored three runs on three hits while taking advantage of a Rex error. Jarred Fancher (TCU) led off the inning by a hit-by-pitch and then advanced two bases via a steal and an error. Billy Rumpke III (Columbia) then came through for the Outlaws by driving in the first run of the season when he singled to right-field, allowing Fancher to score from third.

Nashville added two more runs in the third, with both of them coming with two outs. Following a four-pitch walk to Ryan Emery (Arkansas State), Andrew Brouillette (LSU-Shreveport) registered an RBI-single to center, scoring Rumpke from second. With a 2-0 lead, the Outlaws tacked on another run in the third when Ryan McCauley (Niagara) notched a two-out RBI-single to score Emery from third.

The three-spot in the third inning however, would be all the runs, the Outlaws would get on opening night. Nashville would record one hit in the final six innings.

On the mound, the Outlaws used three pitchers on opening night, Justin Ennis (LSU-Shreveport), Daniel Palo (MTSU), and Chan Walsh (Louisiana-Monroe). Ennis started the game for the Outlaws and allowed four runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings. Walsh allowed two runs on two hits in three innings of solid relief.

McCauley led the Outlaws with two hits.

The Outlaws will look for revenge tomorrow evening when these same two teams square off again at 7:05 p.m. at Bob Warn Field in Terre Haute.

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

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