BECKLEY, W. Va. – Trailing 2-0 heading into the eighth, the Nashville Outlaws staged its biggest comeback of the season by scoring six runs in over the final two innings to knock-off West Virginia, 6-2 at Linda K. Epling Stadium on Sunday.
With the win, the Outlaws clinched the series (took two out of three) over the Miners while improving to 7-8 overall. After losing four of five games from June 9-13, the Outlaws have now four of its last five games dating back to June 15.
The weekend series win over West Virginia (7-8) concludes a solid week for the Outlaws, who went 4-2 on the week, including a pair of road wins at Richmond on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Nashville trailed 2-0 heading into the eighth as they had five hits and no runs to show for off West Virginia starter Andrew Smith who struck out five in five shutout innings.
The Outlaws got to the Miner bullpen in the eighth though when they sent nine guys to the plate in a 5-run inning. Nashville was aided by two costly West Virginia errors in the inning that led to two unearned runs.
With Nashville clinging to a 5-2 lead heading into the ninth, the Outlaws added one more insurance run in their last at-bat when Greg Bachman (Austin Peay) drove in Sam Dove (Georgia Tech) from third on a two-out RBI single.
For the third time in three days, the Outlaws got another solid start out of its starting pitcher. On Sunday, Daniel Palo (Middle Tennessee) allowed two runs on four hits in 6.1 innings with five strikeouts and three walks to earn the no-decision.
Steven Murray (TCU) picked up the win after throwing 1.1 innings of no-hit scoreless relief while closer Jon Ivie (Belmont) threw a perfect-ninth to earn his league-leading fourth save of the season.
Offensively Sunday, Doug Joyce (Florida International) continued his hot-bat, going 3-for-5 with 2 RBI, a double and run scored. Jack Lupo (Vanderbilt) went 2-for-4 while Johnny Amann (Judson) drove in two-runs on an RBI single in the eighth.
The Outlaws lineup will receive some immediate depth this week as Vanderbilt’s Drew Fann and Bryan Johns are slated to make their Outlaw debuts this week against Hannibal.
Nashville will return to friendly confines of Hawkins Field on Monday when they host Hannibal Cavemen for two games (Monday and Tuesday). Both games will start at 7 p.m.
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