TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Nashville Outlaws scored two runs in the top of the 13th inning to defeat the first-place Terre Haute Rex, 11-9 at Bob Warn Field on Tuesday. A total of 11 pitchers were used in the game as the game took 4 hours and 41 minutes to decide the outcome.
Kevin Smith's one-out RBI double to right-center drove in college teammate Andrew Brouillette from first-base to break a 9-9 tie game in the top of the 13th. The Outlaws would extend its lead later in the inning when Jared Fancher (TCU) plated Smith with a two-out RBI single up the middle, giving the Outlaws a two-run advantage heading into the bottom of the 13th.
The Outlaws trailed 9-7 heading into the top of the 9th before Johnny Amann (Judson) and Sam Dove led off the inning with singles and then came home on an RBI groundout by Greg Bachman (Austin Peay) and an RBI single by Doug Joyce (Florida International).
Sam Dove (Georgia Tech) had a career night at the plate, going 5-for-6 with a pair of RBI while Johnny Amann (Judson) Kevin Smith (LSU Shreveport) and Matt Borgschulte (Western Kentucky) each had two hits in the 13-inning win.
With the win, the Outlaws improve to 23-20 overall and 9-6 in the second half of the season. More importantly, with the win over the division leader Tuesday, Nashville now trails the Rex by two games with 11 games to play in the regular season.
Navery Moore (Vanderbilt) allowed six runs, five earned on five hits in 5.2 inning no-decision. Moore struck out three while walking a season-high six batters.
The back of the bullpen came up huge for the Outlaws on Tuesday as Craig Stem (Trevecca), Jon Ivie (Belmont) and Lee Thompson (St. Catherine) combined to throw 6.2 innings of scoreless relief.
Thompson (1-0) was once again a work horse for the Outlaws as he threw the game's final three innings to earn the win. The crafty lefthander scattered four hits and struck out five while throwing 60 pitches in relief to earn his first win of the year. In 16 innings this summer, Thompson has a 1.69 ERA.
Nashville was able to win despite committing three errors and being outhit 16-13.
** Johnny Amann is hitting .471 in his last seven games. Amann is 16-for-34 with 12 RBI, 8 runs, and 3 triples during that span. Two of those triples came in the same inning, which was also a prospect league record.
** Dove's five hits Tuesday ties an Outlaw record.
** With two scoreless innings on Tuesday, Outlaw closer Jon Ivie improved his scoreless innings streak to 20.1 innings this season. Ivie (2-0, 0.00 ERA) has 19 strikeouts and five walks on the year.