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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Outlaws and Dubois County Bombers split a pair of seven-inning contests Thursday night at Hawkins Field. The Outlaws won the first game 7-1 behind a strong pitching performance by Taylor Haydel (Western Kentucky) before falling in the nightcap 5-4.
Nashville (12-13) sent newly acquired PJ Francescon (Trevecca) to the bump in game two, who responded with four scoreless innings to start the game.
In the nightcap, Nashville scored one run in the second and one run in the fourth to carry a 2-0 lead into the fifth. Jack Lupo (Vanderbilt) scored the first run of the game when he came across the plate on a Drew Fann (Vanderbilt) ground out. The Outlaws (12-13) added another run in the fourth as Andrew Brouillette (LSU-Shreveport), Johnny Amann (Judson) and Bryan Johns collected hits in the inning.
With the Outlaws leading 2-0 in the fifth, Dubois County (9-14) battled back to score three unearned runs with two outs, courtesy of a bases clearing double down the left-field line by Steve Tkowski to take the first lead of the night (including both games). All
The Bombers would add two more runs in the sixth to take a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh. With Nashville down to its last at-bat, the Outlaws scraped away at the three-run deficit and got within 90-feet away from tying the game before falling 5-4.
Francescon allowed three runs, no earned on seven hits in 4.2 innings while striking out five.
Newly acquired Lee Thompson (St. Catherine) allowed two runs on two hits in 0.2 innings of middle relief in his Outlaw debut while Kevin Crumb (Buffalo) tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.
Offensively in game two, the Outlaws were once again led by Ryan McCauley (Niagara). McCauley raised his average to a Prospect League best .361 with two more hits in the nightcap after going 3-for-4 in the first game on Thursday. McCauley is hitting .700 (16-for-23) over his last seven games.
Brouillettee went 2-for-4 with a run scored while Amann was 2-for-3.
Nashville will host the Danville Dans in a three-game series at Hawkins Field starting Friday. First pitch of tomorrow night’s game against the Dans is 7 p.m. CT.
Click here to see notes from the Outlaws 7-1 win over Dubois on Thursday.