Navery Moore (Vanderbilt) was sharp in his season debut for Nashville but the Outlaws got only three hits of their own over nine innings as the Miners edged the Outlaws 2-1 at Linda K Epling Stadium on Friday night.
Friday night’s game was a pitcher’s dual between two starting right-handers, Moore and West Virginia’s starter Jake Peeling.
Moore allowed just one earned run and five hits in 5.2 innings while striking out seven and walking two for Nashville. Peeling, a redshirt sophomore at Virginia Tech was on top of his game on Friday, allowing one run (zero earned) on two hits in 6.1 innings of work. Peeling struck out 10 of the 23 Outlaw batters he faced while walking four.
The Outlaws (5-8) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when they scored one run on one hit while taking advantage of Miner error. Billy Rumpke III (Columbia) led off the first with a walk and than advanced to second on a Sam Dove (Georgia Tech) single. After stealing third, Rumpke crossed the plate on a error by the Miner first-baseman.
Nashville led 1-0 through five complete innings before West Virginia scored two runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth, to take a 2-1 lead.
Matt Marsh (Austin Peay) came into relieve Moore and threw the final 2.1 innings of the game. Marsh struck out two and allowed two hits in 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Doug Joyce (Florida International), Andrew Brouillette (LSU-Shreveport), and Dove were the only Outlaws to record hits on Friday.
Nashville will meet West Virginia in game two of a three-game series with the Miners at 6:05 p.m.