Trojans’ baseball hosts Appy State this weekend
TROY, Ala (troytrojans.com) – After playing five straight non-conference games, Troy baseball returns to conference play and welcomes Appalachian State to Riddle-Pace Field for a three-game series with the first game beginning on Friday at 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday’s game will start at 1 p.m. All three games can be heard live on WTBF 94.7 FM or at TroyTrojans.com for free. Each game will be streamed live and can be seen at TroyTrojans.com.
Troy (17-13, 3-6 Sun Belt) is on a three-game winning streak and began this month 3-1. In the month of April, the Trojans are batting .307 as a team with eight home runs and 11 doubles. The team has scored 29 runs during that stretch, averaging 7.25 runs per game.
T.J. Binder and Joey Denison have led the Trojans during the first four games this month, as both are a combined 15-for-27 with five home runs, four doubles, one triple and 11 RBIs.
Binder has eight of the hits with two doubles, one triple and three home runs. He also has six RBIs and a 1.615 slugging percentage. Denison has two doubles, two home runs, five RBIs and slugging 1.071 over the last four games.
Binder and Denison lead the Trojans overall in four categories offensively. Binder’s three home runs are tops on the team and his .375 batting average also leads the team. Denison leads the team with eight doubles and has six stolen bases, which are team-bests.
Defensively, Chase Smartt has started the last three games at third base and had 17 assists and two putouts. He had eight assists in the second game of the series against New Orleans, which ties the season-high also made by Smartt at third against Northern Kentucky.
The pitching rotation will be the same as it was last weekend with Grant Bennett, Houston Mabray and Lucas Brown getting the start. Bennett has a 1.84 ERA and a 3-2 record. Mabray was stellar in his last outing with a no-hitter through 6.1 innings and a season-high seven strikeouts. Brown got back to his winnings ways in his start against New Orleans. He posts a 4-3 record with a 3.43 ERA and 27 strikeouts.
Appalachian State (8-21, 3-9 Sun Belt) took two out of three against Little Rock last weekend. The Mountaineers are well rounded and have four different players leading the team in batting average, doubles, home runs and RBIs. Tanner Mann-Fix is batting .322 for the season, while Tyler Stroup has a team-high seven doubles. Colin Schmid and Matt Vernon lead the team in home runs and RBIs. Schmid has three home runs and Vernon has 18 RBIs.
The two teams have only met three times, which was a three-game series last year in Boone, N.C. The Trojans won the series 2-1 and lead the all-time series.