Here comes Bama
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 30, 2002
The Troy State softball team will put its 11 game winning streak on the line and wrap up its home schedule as they play host to No. 15 Alabama in a single game at the Lady Trojan Softball Complex on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 4 p.m., with the first 50 fans in attendance receiving mini bats for "Fan Appreciation Day".
"This is a great opportunity for our team," said Troy State head coach Melanie Davis.
"We are playing really well right now and are hopefully we’re peaking at just the right time.
This is a game where we have nothing to lose and everything to gain."
This is the sixth meeting all-time between the two teams and the first-ever in Troy.
Alabama has won all five games, the last coming in a doubleheader sweep in 2000.
The Lady Trojans are 1-3 against ranked teams this season.
"We have played several ranked teams this season and beat Florida State earlier this year," Davis said.
"Our team knows what it takes to beat a top 25 team."
Troy State’s game winning streak is the second longest in school history, behind the the 1995 team’s 12 straight wins.
It is also the second time this season that Troy State has won 10 or more games in a row.
"The team has really come together in the past few weeks," Davis said.
"Our defensive unit is finally settled in and knows how to play off each other.
The pitching staff has done a solid job and the offense has been on fire."
During the streak, the Lady Trojans are batting .336 and have scored 57 runs.
Three players are hitting over .400 during the streak, led by Kami Marrott’s .481 batting average.
Marrott has a .588 on base percentage and has scored a team-high 11 runs.
Peggy Swift has been hot as well, hitting .464 with nine RBIs. She has hit safely in the last 10 games, tying the school record for the longest hitting streak in school history.
The last player to hit in 10 straight games was Renie Mitchell in 1999.
Mindy Porep adds to the offense hitting .412 during the streak and has scored four runs and driven in five more.
She leads Troy State with a .354 batting average and leads the team with 34 runs scored.
The recent streak gives the Lady Trojans six players hitting .300 or better for the first time since 1995.
"Kami has really stepped up lately," Davis said.
"She’s being very patient at the plate and is waiting on her pitch. Peggy and Mindy have been hitting the ball really well and with their speed, whenever they get on base they cause problems for the other team."
The pitching staff has done its part as well, throwing six shutouts during the streak and limiting the opposition to just 40 hits. Troy State has held its opponents to three hits or less in five of the 11 games.
Senior Kim Unkenholz has battled back from injuries early in the year, leading the team with four wins during the streak. She is 12-4 on the year and will start for Troy State against Alabama.
"Kim has battled back from her early season injuries to have a solid season," Davis said.
"She has won a lot of big games for us and with 60 wins during her career she has the experience to pitch a big game like this one."
With a 45-15 record, the Lady Trojans have tied the school record for the best record after 60 games.
In 1995, Troy State had a 45-15 record and finished with a 52-18 record and in 1998 the Lady Trojans were 45-15 and completed the year with a 46-17 record.
The game will be broadcast on the Troy State Sports Network and aired locally on WTBF-AM 970 as well as on the Internet through the official Troy State Athletics website, www.troyst.edu/athletics.