Troy hosts Samford in mid-week contest
TROY, Ala. (troytrojans.com) – After a six-game road stretch, the Troy softball team returns home on Wednesday to host Samford in a mid-week non-conference matchup at the Troy Softball Complex beginning at 4 p.m.
Troy (25-14) took the conference series from ULM in this past weekend’s games. The Trojans swept the Warhawks in a doubleheader on Saturday winning 5-4 in nine innings in the opener and 6-3 in the nightcap. ULM captured the victory in the final game of the series on Sunday with a score of 2-0.
Kate Benton and Hannah Day still lead the way for the Trojans offensively. Benton paces the club with a .430 batting average and is second in the Sun Belt in stolen bases with 30. In addition to leading in batting average and stolen bases, she leads the team with 40 runs on 55 hits.
Day leads the Sun Belt with 54 RBIs and is second in the conference with 15 home runs. The Crestview, Fla., native is near the top in every major statistical category in the Sun Belt and posts a .346 batting average with 44 hits, eight doubles and slugs an impressive .780.
In the circle, Claire Graves (5-2) continues to improve and has recorded an ERA of 3.62 and tossed two complete games. She has recorded 36 strikeouts in 69.2 innings of work. Ashley Rainey (13-11) has posted a 3.93 ERA in 105 innings pitched.
Samford (23-16) enters Wednesday’s matchup having taken a series against Furman this past weekend. The Bulldogs lead the Southern Conference with an 8-1 conference record.
Megan Dowdy and Hannah Trombley lead the Bulldogs offensively. Dowdy has a .392 batting average with 14 doubles, one home run and 22 RBIs. Trombley is batting .366 with 10 doubles, 10 home runs and 33 RBIs.
Samford’s pitching staff comes in with a 3.92 team ERA, led by Mollie Hanson at 3.15. She has tossed 15 complete games, has given up 71 runs and has recorded 73 strikeouts.
The Trojans lead the all-time series over the Bulldogs 39-10. The two teams haven’t played each other since 2011 when Troy won both games with scores of 4-1 and 6-2.