The Joplin Outlaws hiked their record to 3-0 by earning a 5-1 win over the St. Joseph Mustangs on Sunday night at Joe Becker Stadium.
The Outlaws scored twice in the bottom of the third on an error, a walk, a fielder’s choice and a groundout to take the lead for good. Joplin added single tallies in the fourth, sixth and seventh before the Mustangs’ lone run came in the ninth.
Outlaws right-hander Austin Gottula was the winning pitcher. He tossed four scoreless innings and scattered two hits and struck out one.
Steen Lane pitched three scoreless innings, striking out four. Cole White tossed a scoreless eighth, while Jake Algee allowed one run in the ninth before sealing the win.
Brett Weimers went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI for the Outlaws, while Jack Mettam, Lukas White and Drake Angeron had one RBI apiece.
The Mustangs (1-3) were limited to four singles.
Matt Fred took the loss after allowing three runs, one earned, in four innings of work. He struck out four and walked four.
The two teams meet again at 7 on Monday night.