Trojans sweep USA out of Troy
Heidi Johnson left the Trojans Softball Complex in grand fashion on her last day as a home field Trojan. The senior blasted two home runs on the day, both coming in the third inning of each game on Senior Day. Her efforts pushed the Trojans to a season sweep of South Alabama with a 5-1 victory in game one and a 6-0 victory in game two. The double-header sweep gave the Trojans sole possession of second place in the Sun Belt.
“It was just an all around great day for Troy softball,” Trojans head coach Melanie Davis said.
The Trojans got things started in game one with Ashlyn Williams on the mound. The sophomore entered the game with 301 total season strikeouts, just shy of former Trojan Jocelyn McCallum’s 304, and she snatched the record in the third inning with her 305th fan of the year.
Williams went the distance in the game allowing four hits and striking out six. Her season strikeout total sits at 307.
“That’s a very tough record to break,” Davis said. “The technology of the bats has come a long way, and the game has changed so much. It’s a great achievement for Ashlyn and I’m very proud of her.”
Troy got things rolling early in the first inning with one run scored.
The Trojans never relinquished the lead to the visiting Jaguars. Troy added two runs in the third courtesy of Johnson’s homer, one in the fourth and another in the fifth inning.
The Jaguars lone run came in the top of the seventh inning.
Johnson led the Trojans in the first game at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Kala Moore added two hits with one double, and freshman second baseman Sarah Shields was also 2-for-3 at the plate.
“Heidi had a great day for us,” Davis said. “She really put on a show in her last home games as a Trojan.”
In game two, the Trojans did not slow down.
Allison Moore got her final home start for Troy, and she led the Trojans to another conference win. The senior threw all seven innings for the Trojans en route to clinching the league’s number two spot in the standings.
Johnson again led the Trojans at the plate, but in this game she was joined by Tasha Elmore in the homer category.
Elmore followed up Johnson’s third inning blast with one of her own.
Johnson and Elmore were both 2-for-3 in the game with two RBIs. Elmore scored two runs of her own while Johnson added one. Johnson’s other hit in the game went for a double, and Shields, Rocky Paige, Nikki Hollett and Hayden Gann also added a hit.
The Trojans second place finish will put them against the seventh-seeded Owls in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. Troy and FAU will play May 6 at 12:30 p.m. CST in the Sun Belt Conference tournament in Denton, Texas on the campus of the University of North Texas.