Trojans run winning streak to eight with sweep
Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 14, 2002
From Special Reports – Drew Miller went 5-for-7 with two RBIs and Justin Eason threw his second consecutive four-hit, complete game as Troy State swept a doubleheader from Samford, 7-6 and 10-1, at Riddle-Pace Field Saturday afternoon.
Troy State improves to 18-20 overall and 8-9 in Atlantic Sun Conference play, while Samford drops to 19-16 and 6-10. With the win, the Trojans run their winning streak to eight straight overall and six consecutive A-Sun games. The Drew Miller also belted his fifth home run of the year in the first game and recorded his eighth double in the second game. His 28 career doubles place him in a tie for 10th on the TSU career list. Miller’s younger brother, Wade, also had a strong day, going 4-for-8 with three RBIs and four runs scored. In the second game, he also went deep for his fifth home run of the season.
Eason improved to 4-5 on the season after lasting seven innings and striking out six while allowing just one run on four hits in the second game of the day.
Troy State needed a seventh and eight inning comeback to win game one.
Trailing 4-3 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Brian Lipman delivered with a two-strike single that scored Wade Miller from second and sent the game into an extra frame. Samford scored a pair of runs with two outs in the eighth to give them a 6-4 lead.
The Trojans came back in the bottom half of the eighth with three runs on two hits and benefited from one Bulldog error. After tying the game at 6-6 on Coby Smith’s two-run double, Smith stole third and eased home on Lance Newman’s sacrifice fly to deep left field to give Troy State the victory.
Freshman lefthander Phillip Powell (1-0) earned his first career win as he faced two batters and threw just six pitches. It was the first decision for a Trojan southpaw in two years. Kyle Goodson was the last Troy State lefty to receive a decision.
Troy State jumped all over Samford starter Alan Bryan as he surrendered four runs on four hits in the first inning. Chad Howard, who went 2-for-3,
highlighted the inning with a two-run home run to left field. It was his eighth homer of the season. The Trojans added five more in the fourth and one in the fifth as they cruised to a 10-1 victory.
Samford’s Cory Sumner and Robert Evans each had three hits on the day but Evans failed to record a hit in the second game, snapping his career-best 26-game hitting streak.
The two schools will wrap-up their three-game series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. contest at Riddle-Pace Field. Sunday will be Church Bulletin Day. All fans who submit a church bulletin from Sunday will receive a free general admission ticket.