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Troy baseball update

Published 4:58am Monday, May 13, 2013

Well, the Troy baseball team ended its 2013 home schedule on a bit of a sour note. Arkansas State walked away with a 15-14 win to ends Troy’s 18-game home winning streak.

Looking back, I think Bobby Pierce and company will be happy that they came away with the series win considering ASU had as much of a chance to sweep Troy as visa versa. Troy won Friday’s game 1-0 on a walk-off single in the 10th and took Saturday’s game on a balk-off also in the 10th. One hit or swing and miss one way or the other could have resulted in a ASU sweep of Troy.

Regardless, the Trojans won the series and head to South Alabama (after a midweek road game against UAB) with a chance to win the Sun Belt Conference regular season outright.

Here are the updated Sun Belt standings:

South Alabama – 19-8 (39-14)
Troy - 18-9 (37-14)
ULL – 16-11 (35-17)
FAU – 16-11 (31-20)
FIU – 14-14 (25-27)
WKU – 13-14 (24-27)
MTSU – 11-16 (28-25)
UALR – 11-16 (26-25)
Arkansas State – 11-16 (25-27)
ULM – 7-20 (18-33)

Here are the scenarios:

- If Troy sweep South Alabama this weekend, Troy wins the Sun Belt outright.

- If Troy wins the series, USA and Troy share SBC title.

- If Troy losses series, USA wins SBC title outright.

- If Troy is swept, WWIII ensues.

Obviously there are tie-breaking scenarios that are still in play for tournament seeding purposes.

Per Troy SID Adam Prendergast: “In the event of a tie; seeding would be determined by record against 3rd place team. If ULL then USA has the advantage, if FAU then Troy.”

OK? Got it?

In any case Troy is likey to earn an at-large bid (let’s just hope it’s not in Eugene, Oregon like some project) unless they are swept and have a bad tournament.

The Trojans turned in a nice season especially at home. Troy finished 28-5 at Riddle-Pace Field. One of the best under Pierce, whose teams have played very well at home since he came to Troy in 2003. In 2011, Troy was 30-5 at home and in 2006 they were 22-3. Both seasons they got an invite to an NCAA Regional.

Pierce has practically begged Trojan Nation to attend the South Alabama series and it will be interesting to see what kind of crowd shows up. I will be there for the Friday and Saturday games. If you can’t make it, follow me here or on Twitter @messenger_wes

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