Troy Softball Hosts No. 5 UL Lafayette
TROY, Ala (troytrojans.com) – Two of the top slugging teams in the country meet this weekend as Troy plays host to No. 5 UL Lafayette in a three-game Sun Belt Conference series at the Troy Softball Complex. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 3 p.m. and the series finale is scheduled for Saturday at 12 p.m. There will be an Easter egg hunt following Saturday’s game for the children in the community.
Troy (21-7, 4-2 Sun Belt) is coming off a record-breaking weekend at Appalachian State that garnered senior Hannah Day NFCA and USA Division I National Player of the Week in addition to Sun Belt Player of the Week honors. Day hit .812 (13-for-16) with 20 RBIs, six home runs and three doubles over a four-game stretch last week. She slugged 2.125, posted an .842 on-base percentage and scored 12 runs.
Day enters the weekend leading the country with 48 RBIs on the season in addition to ranking fourth in home runs (13) and fourth in home runs per game (0.46). Troy enters the pivitol weekend series fifth in the country in home runs per game (1.5), 10th in slugging percentage (.563), 11th in stolen bases per game (2.32) and 12 in scoring (7.68).
On the other side, ULL (22-2, 5-1) leads the country in home runs per game (2.13), while ranking second in scoring (9.08), slugging percentage (.674) and fifth in batting average (.369). Lexie Elkins leads the country with 16 home runs and with a .629 on-base percentage.
Kate Benton leads the Trojans with a .478 batting average, 43 hits and 35 runs in addition to leading the team and the Sun Belt with 27 stolen bases. He stolen base tally ranks sixth nationally and is closing in on a single-season school record.
Not to be lost in the week that Day had, sophomore Carli Kayler set a pair of NCAA records in the series finale at Appalachian State last Saturday. Kayler tied an NCAA record with four home runs in the game and established a new benchmark with 17 total bases in the game.
Troy is already closing in on the school’s single-season home record just 28 games into the season. The Trojans have hit 42 long balls this year after setting the record with 51 home runs last year in Beth Mullins’ first season as Troy’s head coach. Additionally, Troy’s current .563 slugging percentage would break the single-season mark by 118 points.
Ashley Rainey (11-6) leads the Trojans’ pitching staff with 35 strikeouts this season and with two complete games. She has allowed 45 runs and 89 hits in 80.2 innings of work and was named the Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week two weeks ago.
UL Lafayette comes into the contest with the nation’s second-best winning percentage with just two losses on the year – UT Arlington in the series finale last weekend and to No. 7 Oregon. In addition to leading the Cajuns in home runs, Elkins also leads the club with a .536 batting average and 38 RBIs.
Kaylee Jo Trahan (9-2, 1.80) and Alex Stewart (10-0, 2.04) have logged 85 percent of ULL’s innings in the circle this season and have combined for 132 strikeouts and just 24 walks.
Troy knocked off then No. 7 UL Lafayette in the series opener last year, in fact it was the second of back-to-back wins over ranked teams as the Trojans defeated No. 10 Florida State three days earlier. The Cajuns lead the all-time series 28-5.