Box Score | Saturday's Faith & Family Night
Bryan Johns’ three-run double with two-outs in the bottom of the seventh broke open a 2-1 game as the Outlaws defeated West Virginia, 6-2 in front of 1,229 fans at Hawkins Field on Friday.
Friday’s win is the fourth straight for the Outlaws, tying a franchise record. Nashville improved to 21-19 overall, including 7-5 in the second half of the season. The loss drops West Virginia to 23-20 overall and 8-7 in the second half.
The Outlaws got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first when they took advantage of two Miner errors that allowed Kevin Smith to score.
From that point on, the game settled into a a classic pitcher’s dual between Nashville’s Taylor Haydel (Western Kentucky) and West Virginia’s Jake Peeling up until the seventh inning. In the seventh, Peeling lost his control and hit three consecutive Outlaws with two outs to load the bases for Johns. Following a conference on the mound, West Virginia elected to stay with Peeling and Johns and the Outlaws made them pay two pitches later when Johns’ drove a fastball to right-center for a bases clearing double and giving Nashville 5-1 lead at that point.
Before the seventh inning, both teams had struggled to come up with a key hit in a timely situation as each team grounded into two double plays.
Haydel allowed just one run on three hits in a six-inning no-decision. Haydel struck out two and walked one while throwing 74 pitches.
Matt Fitton (Sacred Heart) earned the win, allowing one run on one hit with two walks and a strikeout in two-innings of relief.
Jon Ivie (Belmont) threw a scoreless ninth to improve his scoreless innings streak to 18.1 innings. Ivie is 2-0 with a league-high seven saves.
Offensively, a day after Nashville had six players record multi-hit games, Johns (Vanderbilt) was the only Outlaw to accomplish the feat on Friday, going 2-for-4 with 3 RBI. In his last four games, Johns is hitting .474 (9-for-19) with 8 RBI, 3 doubles, and four runs scored.
The Outlaws will close out the series tomorrow night with the Miners with first pitch slated for 6:05 p.m.
Tomorrow night’s contest will be the second Faith & Family Night of the summer. Saturday’s festivities are highlighted by SonicFlood and Denver Bierman of Denver & the Mile High Orchestra performance and postgame fireworks. The concert will start at 4:30 p.m. at Hawkins Field. To learn more about Saturday's festivities, click here.