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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Outlaws split a pair of games with Richmond on Tuesday, winning 4-3 in a resumed extra inning contest that was originally played on July 17, before falling 8-4 in the nightcap.
Game one Tuesday began with the game tied at three in the top of 11th with the Outlaws serving as the visiting team on the scoreboard.
After both teams went scoreless in the 11th, the Outlaws took a 4-3 in the top of 12th as Jack Lupo (Vanderbilt) led off the inning with a single and then advanced to second on a stolen base off Richmond pitcher Chuck Ghysels. Four pitches later, Ryan McCauley (Niagara) drove in Lupo with an RBI-double to left-center to give the Outlaws a 4-3 lead.
Jon Ivie (Belmont) started game one Tuesday as he continued as the pitcher of record from where the game was originally suspended back on July 17th. After the Outlaws took a 4-3 lead in the 12th, Ivie retired the RiverRats in order in the bottom of the 12th to preserve the win for Nashville.
Ivie finished the game with three scoreless innings of relief to go along with three strikeouts and two walks to improve his scoreless innings streak to 26.1 innings. Tuesday’s win for Ivie was his first since July 2, as the Belmont standout is primarily used in closing situations.
Matt Borgschulte (Western Kentucky), Doug Joyce (Florida International) Greg Bachman (Austin Peay) and Andrew Brouillette led Nashville with two hits apiece in the resumed game one.
In the nightcap, Richmond jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first as they took advantage of three free passes (two hit batters and a walk) while collecting two hits off Nashville starting pitcher Austin Bridgewater (Carson-Newman).
Trailing 2-0, the Outlaws responded with three runs on three hits in the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead. Joyce, Lupo and Borgschulte had singles in the inning. Borgschulte’s one-out, two-RBI single allowed Joyce and Kevin Smith to score.
After Nashville went up 3-2, Richmond quickly retook the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth and then tacked on another in the eighth and three more in the ninth to knock-off the Outlaws 8-4 in the night cap. (Click here to see box score)
Bridgewater took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits in six innings of work. Bridgewater struck out five, walked three and hit two batters.
Lee Thompson (St. Catherine) threw the seventh and the eight innings, allowing two runs on three hits while Matt Fitton (Sacred Heart) surrendered three walks and two runs on one hit in one-inning of relief.
Offensively, Kevin Smith led the Outlaws with a 2-for-3 effort and two walks to raise his Prospect League leading batting average to .372.
By splitting two games on Tuesday, the Outlaws remain one game behind Terre Haute for the second-half central division title race.
Nashville only has five regular season games left, with four of them coming at home at Hawkins Field in Nashville.
The Outlaws will play Richmond again tomorrow (Wednesday) at 7:05 p.m., before hosting division-leading Terre Haute for three games on Thursday and Friday. Thursday game against Terre Haute will be a double-header with the first game starting at 6 p.m. with the second game to follow.
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