Lady Trojans dump Bears twice

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 6, 2001

The Troy State softball team broke a two-game losing streak, sweeping Trans America Athletic Conference rival, Mercer.

The Lady Trojans (26-14, 2-2 TAAC) won game one 5-0. Junior Kim Unkenholz picked up her 12th win of the season, scattering three hits over seven innings, while striking out four.

Troy State jumped out with four runs in the third. Peggy Swift opened the scoring with an RBI single through the right side to give TSU a 1-0 lead. Renie Mitchell would add two more runs on the board, lining a base hit up the middle driving home Swift and Lori Westberg, giving Troy State a 4-0 lead.

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The Lady Trojans would add another run in the sixth. Corey Bowen scored on an error by Mercer’s third baseman to give Troy State a 5-0 lead.

"We hit the ball really well," said Troy State head coach Melanie Davis, whose team pounded out 10 hits in the game. "We came with some clutch hits today and our defense stepped up and played really well."

The Lady Trojans took the momentum from game one and kept it going in game two, claiming a 5-1 win.

Troy State scored all five runs in the second inning. Mitchell hit a one-out home run to left putting the Lady Trojans ahead 1-0. One Mercer miscue cost them four runs. After Bridget McInnes walked, Patti Barnett his a ground ball to the shortstop, who threw over to second base, but the second baseman dropped the ball and everyone was safe.

The Lady Trojans took advantage of their new life, with Mindy Porep hitting a bases clearing double, putting Troy State ahead 5-0.

Cassie Wilkenson got the win for Troy State, improving to 10-7 on the season. Wikenson scattered six hits in five innings, while allowing just one run. Unkenholz picked up her second save of the year, throwing two scoreless innings of relief.

Troy State’s next game is Saturday as the travel to face TAAC-rival Georgia State. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. (EST).