Trojans eye this week’s SEC gauntlet
TROY, Ala (troytrojans.com) – The Troy baseball team wraps up mid-week play hosting No. 3 Mississippi State on Wednesday at 6 p.m. for a white out game, but not before traveling to Auburn for a Tuesday night SEC Network + matchup at 6 p.m.
Tuesday’s game against Auburn can be seen live on SEC Network +, which is a live-stream SEC affiliate digital network, provided through ESPN. Both games can be heard live on WTBF 94.7 FM or at TroyTrojans.com/watch for free andWednesday’s game can be seen at TroyTrojans.com/watch.
Wednesday’s game against the Bulldogs will feature FREE white t-shirts for the first 1,000 fans in attendance. Fans are also encouraged to wear white to the game.
Troy (27-21) lost the series to ULM at home last weekend, but looks to bounce back facing two SEC opponents.
Offensively, the Trojans are led by Joey Denison with a team-high 12 doubles, five home runs and 27 RBIs. He is batting .310 with a team high .477 slugging percentage.
Justin Friend drove in four of the Trojans 10 runs this weekend. He has four doubles with one home run and 16 RBIs this season.
The Trojans will pitch Evan Hebert against Auburn and Cory Gill against Mississippi State on Wednesday. Hebert enters with a 3-2 record and 16 strikeouts in 41.2 innings pitched. Gill is 2-0 as a starter with a 0.93 ERA. Overall, Gill is 3-2 with a 2.72 ERA and 43 strikeouts. Opponents are only batting .200 when facing Gill.
Auburn (21-26) enters Tuesday’s game dropping a weekend series to Alabama. The Tigers are led by Anfernee Grier offensively, who has nine home runs, 37 RBIs and a .390 batting average. Grier has also stolen 17 bases and has a team-high three triples.
Gabe Klobosits gets the start for the Tigers. He has a 2-5 record and a 5.93 ERA in 30.1 innings pitched with 33 strikeouts.
Auburn leads the overall series with the Trojans 38-18, but Troy won the last meeting between the two teams in Pensacola, Fla., with a 4-3 win in 11 innings.
No. 3 Mississippi State (33-14-1) is the highest ranked team to play at Riddle-Pace Field since UL Lafayette played at Troy for a three-game series in 2014. The Ragin’ Cajuns were ranked No. 2 at the time.
The Bulldogs have four guys who have hit more than 10 doubles this year. Mississippi State as a team has hit 98 doubles, which ranks 31st nationally. Led by Jake Mangum, who has the 10th best batting average in the nation, the bulldogs have amassed 521 hits this season and are batting .307 as a team.
Mississippi State has a 2-0 series lead when facing Troy, both games were in Starkville back in 2007.