Trojans travel to Little Rock for Sun Belt series
LITTLE ROCK, Ark (troytrojans.com) – The Troy baseball team is set for a three-game series with Sun Belt Conference foe, Little Rock, at Gary Hogan Field beginning Thursday at 6 p.m.
Friday’s first pitch is also set for 6 p.m., while Saturday’s series finale is slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch. All three games can be heard live on WTBF 94.7 FM or at TroyTrojans.com for free.
Troy (13-9, 3-3 Sun Belt) has scored eight runs back-to-back for the first time this season en route to two wins. The Trojans blanked Alabama A&M, 8-0, at home in their last outing on Tuesday night.
Peyton Fuller has had a strong start to his senior season with a .289 batting average, four doubles, one home run and 11 RBIs. He also enters the Little Rock series with a career long nine-game hitting streak and an 11-game reached base streak, another career long. He is batting .304 in conference play with six runs driven in and a .522 slugging percentage.
Joey Denison has started swinging a hot bat and has picked up seven of his 18 hits on the year in the last four games. His four-hit performance against Alabama A&M on Tuesday night was the most hits by any Trojan this season.
The starting pitching rotation will have a slight change as Lucas Brown will throw for the Trojans on Thursday night. Grant Bennett will stay consistent with another Friday night start and Evan Hebert will round out the rotation with the starton Saturday.
Brown is third in the Sun Belt in innings pitched with 36.1 innings already under his belt this season. He enters the series with a 3-2 record and a 2.23 ERA. Bennett has a team-high 32 strikeouts, which ranks third in the Sun Belt. 12 of his strikeouts have been against conference opponents and he has a team-best 0.59 ERA in conference games. Hebert picked up his first Sun Belt win in his last outing against Georgia Southern, where he pitched a career-high seven innings. Hebert has pitched 27 innings total and opponents are batting .286 against him.
Little Rock (9-11, 2-4 Sun Belt) has been impressive lately winning four of its last five games, including a series win over No. 16 UL Lafayette and a couple of mid-week wins. Ryan Scott leads the Trojans and the nation with a .500 batting average. He has a team-high seven home runs, two triples and 29 RBIs. The senior has a .888 slugging percentage and a .570 on-base percentage.
The other Trojans of the Sun Belt Conference will throw Matt McDowell on Thursday, Cory Malcom on Friday and Joe Corbett on Saturday. McDowell has a 2.92 ERA in 12.1 innings of work with 11 strikeouts. He will also swing the bat and has a .257 batting average with two doubles and six RBIs.
Malcom, the Friday night starter, enters the series with an 11.93 ERA with 12 strikeouts and nine walks. Corbett, the final starter, has a 3-0 record and a 4.24 ERA. The freshman right-hander has a team-high 16 strikeouts and 23.1 innings pitched, another team-high.
Troy leads the all-time series with Little Rock 18-11, but Little Rock leads the series 7-6 in games that are played in Little Rock. The Trojans of Troy won the series last year at Riddle-Pace Field.