The Nashville Outlaws took advantage of a costly two-out error in the sixth inning as they broke open a 3-1 game by scoring five unearned runs in the inning en route to a 9-1 win over the Quincy Gems at Hawkins Field Monday.
With the win, Nashville improves to 4-5 in the second half of the season, while the loss drops Quincy to 7-4.
Navery Moore (2-2) showed why he was selected as a Prospect League All-Star this summer, allowing just one run on four hits in seven innings of work. Moore, who will be a junior next fall at Vanderbilt University, struck out six, walked two and hit a pair while throwing 56 of his 89 pitches for strikes. Moore was able to work his way out of trouble in a few timely situations during the game thanks to a mid-to-low 90s fastball and sharp curveball.
Nashville jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after scoring one run in each of the first three innings. After Quincy got on the board with a rune of their own in the top of the fourth, the game got out of hand in the sixth when the Outlaws made the Gems pay for a costly-two-out fielding error that led to five unearned Nashville runs.
Bryan Johns (Vanderbilt) led the Outlaws with three hits and two runs scored on Monday while Kevin Smith (LSU-Shreveport) drove in a team four runs, including a two-out bases clearing double to deep right in what was part of the five-run sixth. Heading into tomorrow, Smith's .357 batting average ranks second in the Prospect League.
Greg Bachman (Austin Peay) and Sam Dove (Georgia Tech) each collected two hits apiece while scoring a run. Drew Fann (Vanderbilt) went 1-for-1 with three walks and a run scored to raise his average to .273. Fann is hitting .556 (5-for-9) over his last three games.
Nashville will host Quincy again on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m., at Hawkins Field. Tuesday’s game marks game two of what is a seven-game homestand for the Outlaws.
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