Trojans softball, baseball both split with Georgia State over weekend

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 10, 2001

Troy State took the first game of a Trans America Athletic Conference doubleheader against Georgia State, 4-3, on Saturday at Riddle-Pace Field, while falling in the second game, 4-0.

In the first game of the day, the Trojans (17-17, 6-6 TAAC) pulled off an extra-inning win over the Panthers in the bottom of the ninth when second baseman Ryan Petersen, a senior from Plantsville, Conn., had a RBI single to move pinch runner Al Stephens home from third. Junior Collin Holder belted a two-run homer in the second inning and singled home Drew Miller in the third to post Troy State?s first three runs. Senior reliever Aaron Kirkland (3-4) earned the win on the mound for the Trojans, allowing only one hit and no runs in the last two and two-thirds innings.

The Panthers (15-20, 4-8 TAAC) jumped out to an early lead over the Trojans in the second game when Josh Vandiver had a two-RBI single in the top of the first inning and Jay Fields and Michael Nelson drove home one run apiece in the following inning, to put Georgia State ahead 4-0 after two innings. The Trojans remained scoreless, while Panther starter Isaac Haynes picked up his fifth win of the season in six innings.

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The Trojans will be in action again when they play host to Alabama State at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at Riddle-Pace Field. Troy State continues conference play next weekend on the road for a three-game weekend series with Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, Fla.


Troy State 0, 5

Georgia State 8, 0

ATLANTA, Ga. -The Troy State softball team split its Trans America Athletic Conference doubleheader with Georgia State.

"I am really proud of our team today," said Troy State head coach Melanie Davis, whose team improved to 27-15 and 3-3 in TAAC play. "They showed a lot of mental toughness in bouncing back from that loss in game one to win the second game."

Mistakes were Troy State’s undoing in game one, as Georgia State won 8-0 in six innings. The Lady Trojans committed four errors in the game, accounting for four of Georgia State’s runs.

The game began as a pitcher’s duel, as both teams stranded four runners after four innings. But the Lady Panthers broke the game open in the fifth, scoring seven runs on just three hits.

Kim Unkenholz picked up the loss, dropping her record to 12-6. She allowed 8 hits over 5 and one-third innings pitched. She gave up eight runs, with only four earned.

Troy State bounced back to win game two, 5-0. The Lady Trojans offense came around with eight hits, with Kami Marrott leading the attack. Marrott went 2-for-3 with three RBI, with a solo home run and a two-run double to put the Lady Trojans ahead 4-0.

Cassie Wilkenson shut out the Lady Panthers, improving her record to 11-7. Wilkenson pitched seven scoreless innings, scattering six hits. "I am really proud of Cassie," said Davis. "She stepped up and pitched really well today when we needed it."

The Lady Trojans are in action again Tuesday as they play host to TAAC-rival Jacksonville State. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.