Bats awaken as Troy pounds out 12 hits to knock off Samford 13-6

Published 10:08 pm Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Heading into Tuesday night’s matchup with Samford, Troy head coach Bobby Pierce said he wanted his team to be more of a presence offensively. The team took his message to heart.

Troy clobbered Samford 13-6 at Riddle-Pace Field.

Pierce used his sixth lineup in seven games this season and the move paid off. The Trojans came into the game after scoring just five runs in three games against Southern Miss last weekend but far exceeded that number on Tuesday.

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As part of the change, Boone Shear moved from fourth to sixth. Shear would come to the plate three times with the bases loaded and made them count. The senior right fielder finished 3-for-4 with six RBI.

“He is a run producing type player,” Pierce said. “He really cashed in tonight.”

Pierce said that more changes could come in the future but he feels satisfied with the team’s offensive output in the game.

Shear was moved down in the order to make room for a hot Clay Holcomb. The redshirt freshman was batting .306 coming into the game but finished just 1-for-6 on the night.

Nate Hill picked up the win in relief. Hill pitched three near-perfect innings, allowing just one hit and striking out five. On the season, Hill has tossed six total innings and struck out 12 batters.

Chris Fisher got the start and went four innings allowing three runs – all earned – on four hits.

Danny Collins continued to torch opposing pitching. He was 3-for-5 on the night an elevated his average to .400 on the season.

Troy will travel to Daytona Beach, Fla., for a weekend series with Bethune-Cookman starting Friday at 6p.m.

The Trojans will play Saturday and Sunday at 1p.m.