Trojans take two from Kennesaw State’s Owls
TROY, Ala (troytrojans.com) – The Troy softball team bounced back on Tuesday night at the Troy Softball Complex taking a doubleheader from Kennesaw State, winning 6-2 in game one and 8-2 in game two.
TROY 6, KENNESAW STATE 2
Troy (22-10) defeated Kennesaw State, 6-2, to start the day. Erica Davis led the way at the plate with two hits and two RBIs. Kate Benton, Hannah Day, Amanda Winters and Khadija Neely all contributed with a hit each.
The Trojans got on the board first with two runs in the third inning when Day blasted her 14th home run of the season over the left center wall and scored Davis, upping Day’s nation-leading RBI total.
Troy would add four more runs in the fourth. Davis singled through the right side to bring Carli Kayler and Leah Brundidge around for the first two runs of the inning. Benton capitalized on a throwing error by the catcher to score the third run and Winters hit a sacrifice fly to score Davis for the final run of the inning, making the score 6-1.
Senior Ashley Rainey (12-8) picked up her 12th win of the season in the circle tossing 4.1 innings and giving up only two runs. Meg Willis came in relief out of the bullpen and didn’t let a run cross the plate.
Kennesaw State (20-12) came out swinging and had 10 hits in the first game but could only push two runs across the plate. The Owl’s first run came in the fourth off the bat of Kara Chambers when she tripled to right center and scored Taylor Denton. Troy helped the Owls get their final run of the game on a fielding error in the fifth inning.
Monica Vickery (3-5) took the loss for the Owls giving up six runs on six hits.
TROY 8, KENNESAW STATE 2
Freshman Claire Graves (5-1) went the distance and pitched a phenomenal game to pick up her fifth win of the season, tossing her first career complete game. She didn’t give up a hit until the sixth inning and gave up only three on the night.
Benton, Stephanie Snyder and Kayler all had two-hit games and led the Trojans offensively. Davis, Day, Heather Johnston and Neely all had one each.
Troy (23-10) jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first when Davis doubled to right field and brought Benton around for the first run. Day came up to bat next and singled through the right side to push Davis across the plate.
The Trojans added single runs in the second and fifth innings and plated four more in the sixth. Day reached on a fielder’s choice that brought Kayler around for the score, moving Day to 52 RBI. Winters was up next and grounded out to first, but still pushed speedy Benton across the plate. Neely got her first hit of the game with a single to left center that scored Jordan Gray and Day to clinch the 8-2 victory.
Kennesaw State (20-13) didn’t have an answer for Graves’ pitching until the sixth and seventh innings. Taylor Denton hit a sacrifice fly to bring Kate Cannington around for the Owls’ first run of the game. The final run came off the bat of Megan Veringa when she singled to center field and scored Lauren Bennett.
Jenna Kniss (0-2) suffered the loss in the circle for the Owls. She gave up six runs on eight hits and walked five batters.
The Trojans will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Columbia, S.C., to take on SEC opponent South Carolina for a pair of games. The first game will be on Saturday with a 2 p.m. CT start time and the final game will be Sunday starting at 12 p.m. CT