HUNTINGBURG, Ind. – A four-run sixth inning proved to be difference for the Nashville Outlaws on Saturday as they defeated Dubois County 8-5 despite being outhit 12-5.
With the win, The Outlaws improve to 25-22 overall, including 11-8 in the second half of the season. Heading into Sunday, Nashville trails Central Division leader Terre Haute by 2.5 games with seven games remaining in the regular season. Out of the seven remaining games, six of them will be at Hawkins Field in Nashville.
Kevin Smith (LSU-Shreveport) led the Outlaws once again on Saturday, going 2-for-2 with a two runs scored and a walk to raise his batting average to a team-best .368. Smith also improved his hitting streak to eight straight games.
Jared Fancher (TCU) was the only other Outlaw to record more than one-hit Saturday, finishing 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI.
Doug Joyce (Florida International) went 1-for-3 with an RBI-single and sacrifice fly to collect his team-high 30th run batted in.
Matt Fitton (Sacred Heart) earned his fourth win of the year Saturday, tossing 3.2 innings of three-hit scoreless relief.
Kevin Crumb (Buffalo) threw a scoreless seventh and eight innings to lower his season ERA to 1.84 while Jon Ivie (Belmont) retired the Bombers in order in the ninth to earn his team-leading ninth save of the year.
Ivie and Crumb combined have thrown 48.1 innings this year for the Outlaws while posting a combined 0.56 ERA. Ivie and Crumb have struck out a combined 44 batters while walking 11.
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.
The Outlaws will return home to Nashville for the start of their final six-game homestand tomorrow night. Nashville will play Dubois County at 6:05 p.m. CT on Sunday during Faith & Family Night.
Sunday’s festivities will feature a musical performance by former Major League All-Star Kent Bottenfield and Gospel Music Academy Award winner Erik Bledsoe prior to Outlaws game against the Dubois County Bombers. Bledsoe will be the opening act as the music will begin on stage at around 4:30 p.m. with the game to follow at 6.
With a great night of music, fellowship, and baseball planned, Sunday will also offer something for everyone’s sweet tooth, as Little Debbie will sponsor the Faith & Family Night with the Nashville Outlaws. On August 1st, Little Debbie celebrates its 50th anniversary. All fans in attendance will be greeted with a special treat from Little Debbie as they enter the Hawkins Field gates.