Trojans prevail in pitching duel, best Hornets 3-1
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (bamastatesports.com) – The Alabama State baseball team lost a pitchers’ duel to Troy 3-1 Wednesday night at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex.
The Hornets (31-15) scored in the fourth inning on a bases loaded hit-by-pitch to Dillon Cooper, scoring Yamil Pagan who doubled to lead off the inning. However, Alabama State failed to capitalize on the bases-loaded, none out opportunity as the Hornets’ eight-game winning streak was snapped.
“I thought our offense was stagnant,” Alabama State head baseball coach Mervyl Melendez said. “We needed to do a better job, especially in the fourth inning. After that one run, we still had the bases loaded and couldn’t get anything done. The back-to-back strikeouts really hurt us.”
Troy (26-19) made a two-run third inning standup, and added an unearned run in the ninth. Brandon Caples (2-1) was the hard-luck loser for the Hornets, pitching eight innings, allowing six hits, two runs, walking one and striking out seven.
“He’s really stepping up for us,” said Melendez of Caples’ performance, throwing 81 of his 116 pitches for strikes. “I thought minus a couple of bad pitches in the third, he pitched extremely well. He located the ball, and he threw three pitches for strikes. His change-up and slider were his go-to pitches tonight. Often, when you have a three-pitch mix, you’re going to be successful.”
Pagan and Cooper each had two hits for Alabama State, which returns to SWAC play in a three-game series against Alabama A&M. Friday’s game will be played in Birmingham at Noon at Rickwood Field and will be video streamed on the SWAC Digital Network. Saturday’s 2 p.m. game and Sunday’s 1 p.m. game will be played in Montgomery at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex.