Trojans look for second SBC series win

Published 5:09 pm Thursday, April 2, 2009

Troy’s baseball Trojans did not put forth their best effort Wednesday in a mid-week doubleheader with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, but the Trojans are doing their best to leave the past in the past.

“We have to be tough enough to move on,” Troy head coach Bobby Pierce said. “Hey, it is baseball and you just have to learn to forget yesterday.”

The Trojans (15-12, 4-5 Sun Belt) lost 10-4 and 8-0 Wednesday, but Pierce said the Trojans will try and recapture the momentum they had following their first Sun Belt Conference series win last weekend in New Orleans.

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Troy heads to Jonesboro, Ark. for a weekend conference series with Arkansas State. The Red Wolves (12-14, 6-6) have won three of their four conference series. Middle Tennessee swept Arkansas State to hand them their only conference series loss.

“They (Ark. State) are a much improved team from a year ago,” Pierce said. “Their conference record shows that they have done better in league play and they are a very competitive team.”

Since the Trojans joined the Sun Belt for the 2006 season they are a perfect 9-0 against the Red Wolves.

“We have not lost to them yet, but all of our games against them have been very competitive and this weekend should be some good baseball,” Pierce said.

Troy enters the weekend with a crucial conference series on the line yet again.

“Last weekend we needed to get a series win in New Orleans and now we are in the same situation again heading into Jonesboro,” Pierce said. “This is a must-win situation for us again and almost any team in the country could say the same thing about their series this weekend. Teams across the country are fighting for that regular season conference title, that good seeding in the conference tournament or simply trying to get into the conference tournament.”

Troy and Arkansas State open play Friday at 6 p.m. The teams will square off at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.