BECKLY, W.Va. – A day after scoring just one run on three hits, the Nashville Outlaws jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after one inning and got a great outing from starting pitcher Taylor Haydel en route to a 9-2 win over West Virginia at Linda K Epling Stadium on Saturday.
Haydel (Western Kentucky) won his first game in two starts, allowing two runs, one earned on five hits in six-innings on Saturday. Haydel struck out five and walked two while facing 29 batters.
Left-hander Matt Fitton (Sacred Heart) was dominant out of the bullpen in relief of Haydel, allowing just one-hit in three-innings of scoreless relief in what was his fifth appearance of the season.
Nashville (6-8) got out to an early 6-0 lead when they scored six runs on four hits while taking advantage of one Miner error in the top of the first. Johnny Amann (Judson), Greg Bachman (Austin Peay), Andrew Brouillette (LSU-Shreveport) and Jack Lupo (Vanderbilt) all had hits in the inning. Bachman’s two-RBI one-out double was the key hit in the inning.
The Outlaws added two more runs in the fourth when Lupo and Amann scored on a Doug Joyce fielders choice and a Kevin Smith double to make it 8-1 in favor of Nashville.
West Virginia added their last run of the game in the fifth while the Outlaws closed out the scoring in the eighth when Sam Dove scored on a Daniel Palo (Middle Tennessee) fielders choice.
Lupo and Smith led Nashville at the plate with two hits apiece, while Sam Dove (Georgia Tech) and Billy Rumpke III (Columbia) each scored two runs.
Nashville will close out its three-game road series with the Miners (6-7) on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. at Linda K. Epling Stadium.
photo by W. Dayton Whittle