Trojans drop sixth straight
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 8, 2000
in 6-2 loss to Governors
By RICKY COUCH
The Troy State University baseball team was unable to come away with a win Tuesday dropping a 6-2 decision to Austin Peay.
The Trojans (7-11) seemed to be guessing at the plate all afternoon popping up fourteen times and striking out seven en route to their sixth straight loss. Through the course of the game the Trojans were able to manage six hits, but could never get runners across leaving nine runners stranded.
Austin Peay (8-5) set the tempo early with two first inning runs to jump ahead of Troy State. Pitcher Mike Shelly was finally able to strike out three.
The Governors added three runs in the fourth and one more in the fifth before the Trojans could get on the board. Finally in the bottom of the sixth the Trojans showed signs of life.
Todd Lancaster led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a Casey Smith sacrifice bunt. A balk by the Austin Peay pitcher put Lancaster at third in prime scoring position then, Darrel Kirkland drove Lancaster home on a fielder’s choice to give the Trojans their first run of the game.
The Troy State offense again sputtered, however, gaining only one more run in the eighth. Foy Shemwell responded for the Trojans this time driving in Casey Smith with an RBI single. The Trojans then loaded the bases only to leave all three runners on board.
Troy State looked for a rally in the bottom of the ninth but the Governors held off the Trojans to take the 6-2 win. Mike Shelly took the loss for the Trojans pitching three-and-two-thirds innings allowing five runs on four hits. Shelly struck out five and walked seven.
The Trojans were led at the plate by Darrell Kirkland who was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Foy Shemwell who was 1-for-4 with an RBI of his own.
The two teams will meet again today at 2 p.m.