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Lady Trojans prepare to host GSU

From Special Reports – After losing all four games on its Florida trip this past weekend, the Troy State softball team comes home to face Georgia State in a key Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader on Wendesday. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at the Lady Trojan Softball Complex.

Troy State (32-14, 2-4 A-Sun) lost both games against UCF on Friday and No. 11 Florida Atlantic on Sunday. The Lady Trojans had their chances against both teams, losing two games after holding a one-run lead late in the game.

"UCF is a good team," said Troy State head coach Melanie Davis. "We hit the field flat and you can’t do that against them. I’m glad that we were able to bounce back and play well against FAU in the first game, especially the way we were able to hit against Nicole Myers. It showed our girls that a conference title is a possibility."

The Lady Trojans are coming home to play their first home game since March 26, when Troy State split a doubleheader against Elon. In its first season at the Lady Trojan Softball Complex, Troy State has a 9-3 record.

"Our kids are extremely excited about playing at home," Davis said. "We’ve been on the road a lot this year, and we’re at home the next three weekends, which is going to give us an advantage."

With a 2-4 record in the conference, the Lady Trojans sit in a tie for sixth place in the conference standings and will look to improve their standing before the conference tournament.

"After being swept this weekend, we have to take care of business the rest of the way out, starting with Georgia State," Davis said. "Georgia State is a good team, and they are going to come ready to play on Wednesday."

Troy State’s offense struggled last week, scoring just 14 runs in six games, and was shutout twice. Coming into the week, the Lady Trojans had been shutout just twice in 40 games.

"We’re getting better, we’re just making the key mistake, and occasionally that happens," Davis said. "Maybe we’ve gotten it out of our system. We’re hitting the ball well, but we’re not getting hits we need in the clutch and leaving too many base runners on base."

Mindy Porep stepped up last week, leading the offense with a .444 batting average. Kami Marrott led the team with three RBIs during the week, while Erin Flater was a catalyst to the offense, hitting .294 and driving in two runs.

"Mindy Porep played well this weekend," Davis said. "She is so dangerous when she gets on base that it is a distraction to the other team. Erin Flater was very solid at shortstop this weekend which is a real positive."