Tide’s comeback trips Trojans 5-3
TUSCALOOSA, Ala (troytrojans.com) – Alabama scored the final two runs in the eighth inning and took a 5-3 lead as Troy fell on Tuesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
With the game tied at three, Alabama (23-14) scored two runs in the eighth inning as Taylor Poe singled down the left field line and gave the Crimson Tide a 5-3 lead.
Troy (22-16) had a threat going in the top of the ninth with two on and one out. Tripp Calhoun reached on a walk and Brandon Lockridge singled through the right side putting runners at first and second with one out. A strikeout and a groundout to second were the final two outs and ended the game.
The Trojans broke through a scoreless game in the top of the fifth as Cameron Sanders plated two with two outs in the inning, giving Troy a 2-0 lead. Calhoun began the rally with a two-out single up the middle. Lockridge followed him with a double down the right field line and the next pitch is when Sanders delivered the two-run single.
Alabama took the lead in the bottom frame of the fifth on a Chandler Avant RBI single to left field that cut the Trojan lead to one and a single through the right side that plated two. The two singles gave Alabama a 3-2 lead.
Joey Denison answered back in the sixth inning with a leadoff home run to left field that tied the game at three. The solo home run was his fourth of the season and propelled him to the teams leading home run hitter.
Cory Gill (2-2) suffered the tough loss. He pitched 3.2 innings, allowed two runs on four hits and struck out four. Evan Hebert struck out a career-high four batters through 4.1 innings. He allowed three runs on six hits, but only walked two.
John Keller (2-1) picked up the win for the Crimson Tide pitching three relief innings. He surrendered one run on four hits and struck out four.
Troy had nine hits on the night and only two Trojans in the starting didn’t came up empty in the hit column. Lockridge and Cameron Sanders led the way with two-hit nights. Sanders also drove in two RBIs and earned his second combined multi-hit and multi-RBI game of the season.
The Trojans will return to Riddle-Pace Field on Friday for a three-game series against UT Arlington. First pitch for Friday’s game is set for 6 p.m.