Trojans Blank Jacksonville State 10-0

JACKSONVILLE, Ala ( – In his first start as a Trojan, Houston Mabray helped lead the Troy baseball team to a 10-0 shutout victory over Jacksonville State on Wednesday night at Rudy Abbot Field.

Mabray (1-0) pitched six shutout innings, allowed four hits, walked two and struck out four earning his first win as a Trojan. He closed out the game retiring the last seven batters he faced, before he gave way to Trey Johns. Johns pitched two innings and only allowed two hits and Marc Skinner came in to close out the game in the ninth.

Troy (9-6) scored three runs early with two-outs in the top of the first inning. Joey Denison scored the first run of the game on an error by the first baseman. Back-to-back base hits scored the next two runs and gave the Trojans a 3-0 lead.

The Trojans added another run in the sixth on a double down the left field line from Peyton Fuller. Fuller finished the game 3-for-5 with one double and three RBIs.

With runners at second and third with no outs in the eighth, TJ Binder hit a ball the gap in left center, but was ran down by the Gamecock center fielder for a fly out, but a run scored on the play and gave Binder a sacrifice fly that pushed the lead to 5-0. The next batter, Fuller drove in his third run of the game on a single up the middle.

Trevor Davis got into the RBI mix with a double to left center that scored a run in the top of the ninth. Following a single from Denison, Reid Long took a 2-1 pitch to deep left field for a three-run home run to seal the 10-0 victory.

Troy piled on 10 hits in the game; Long and Fuller had a combined six hits – three singles, two doubles and one home run – and seven RBIs. The top four hitters in the lineup had a hit each and scored at least one run. Denison, the clean up hitter, led the way and scored a season-high three runs.

Colton Campbell (1-1) suffered the loss for the Gamecocks, he pitched two innings allowed the three runs that came in the first inning on two hits and struck out two.

The Trojans snapped a four-game losing streak with Jacksonville State, dating back to 2014 and brought a three-game losing streak for this season to a halt.

Troy will return to Riddle-Pace to open up Sun Belt Conference play hosting No. 17 UL Lafayette for a weekend series. Game times are set for 6 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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