Trojans sweep MTSU to open Sun Belt

Published 11:29 pm Tuesday, March 10, 2009

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The Troy Trojans softball team allowed a total of three hits in a doubleheader sweep of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Tuesday.

Ashlyn Williams took the mound for Troy in game one and went the distance. She allowed one hit. The hit came in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and two strikes on the board.

Troy won game one, 3-0.

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“The key in this game is pitching and defense,” Trojans head coach Melanie Davis said. “I couldn’t be more proud of both of those phases of our game. Ashlyn and Allison (Moore) combined to only allow just three hits on the day in 14 innings.”

Troy scored their three runs in the fifth inning. Felicia Hammer singled to right field. Hillary Hughes drilled a home run to left field, driving pinch runner Katie Ely across the plate and putting the Trojans up 2-0.

Kala Moore added a hit, and Hayden Gann drove her in for a 3-0 lead.

Williams allowed one hit, struck out 13 batters and walked one.

In game two, the Blue Raiders jumped out early and grabbed their first lead of the day at 1-0 until the third inning.

Troy knocked in two runs in the third, and added four more in the fourth.

Rocky Paige’s two-run home run in the third put Troy ahead 2-1 and Kaitlin Kenney, Moore, Hughes and Gann scored in the fourth for Troy.

“With 23 hits on the day you obviously couldn’t ask for a lot more out of our team,” Davis said. “We were able to hit in the clutch and get sufficient runs to win the games.”

Allison Moore went the distance for Troy in game two. She allowed two hits, struck out five batters and walked two.

Troy will play for the series sweep today at 1 p.m.