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HUNTINGBURG, Ind. – Gage Daniels struck out seven in eight shutout innings for Dubois County as the Bombers blanked the Nashville Outlaws 6-0 at League Stadium Friday.
With the loss, The Outlaws fall to 24-22 overall, including 10-8 in the second half of the season. Nashville now trails Central Division leader Terre Haute by 2.5 games after the Rex won Friday. Eight games remain in the regular season. The good thing for the Outlaws is six of their eight remaining games will be at Hawkins Field in Nashville.
Ryan Emery (Arkansas State) was one of six Outlaws to record a hit on Friday, leading the team with two hits. Bryan Johns (Vanderbilt), Kevin Smith (LSU-Shreveport), Doug Joyce (Florida International), Ryan McCauley (Niagara) and Matt Borgschulte (Western Kentucky) all had one hit in the loss.
With one hit on Friday, Smith has now hit safely in seven straight games while Borgschulte has hit safely in five straight.
Andy Hillis (Tennessee) took the loss Friday for the Outlaws, allowing five runs on four hits in 1.2 innings. Early the second straight start, Hillis (2-3) struggled to find the strike zone, walking four while striking out two.
Lee Thompson (St. Catherine College) was once again a bright spot for the Outlaws, tossing a season-high 6.1 innings of one-run relief. The southpaw allowed five hits while striking out five and walking three to lower his season ERA to 1.61. Thompson has struck out 21 and walked nine in 22.1 innings since joining the team on June 30.
Nashville will play game two of a two-game series tomorrow night at 7:05 against the Bombers at League Stadium. Following the Saturday’s game the Outlaws will return home to Nashville for the start of their final six-game homestand.