RICHMOND, Ind. – Nashville scored three runs in the top of the second inning and the Outlaw pitching staff kept Richmond’s offense in check as the Outlaws defeated the River Rats, 3-2 in five innings at McBride Stadium on Tuesday night. The game was called after five innings due to heavy rainfall in the Richmond area.
With the win, the Outlaws snap a two-game skid and improve to 4-7 overall while the loss drops Richmond to 5-5.
The Outlaws scored three runs on three hits while taking advantage of one River Rat error in the second inning to jump out to a 3-0 lead.
Doug Joyce (Florida International) led off the inning with a single to short and than advanced to second when Ryan McCauley (Niagara) was hit-by-pitch. The Outlaws would get on the board in the next at-bat when Jarred Fancher (TCU) doubled to left-field, allowing Joyce and McCauley to score from second and first. With a 2-0 lead, Ryan Emery (Arkansas State) connected on an RBI-single to center, scoring Fancher from second.
Richmond made things interesting in the bottom of the third when they scored two runs on three hits. Despite giving up a two-spot in the third, it could have been more as Richmond left three on base in the inning.
Fancher went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI and a run scored while Joyce and Emery added hits in the win.
Austin Bridgewater (Carson-Newman) won his first game in three starts, allowing two runs on seven hits in five innings of work. Bridgewater improved to 1-1 on the year while lowering his season ERA to 2.87.
The Outlaws and River Rats will play game two of a two-game series tomorrow (Wednesday) at 6:05 p.m. at McBride Stadium in Richmond, Ind.