Troy puts ‘whupping’ on Jax State to sweep series

Published 11:55 pm Tuesday, April 9, 2013

For the 81st time since 1970 the Troy baseball team defeated Jacksonville State. The Trojans knocked off their archrivals, 8-4, at Riddle-Pace Field on Tuesday night. Troy now leads the all-time series 81-52 and has swept the season series from the Gamecocks 13 times.

The Trojans (22-9), who defeated JSU 13-5 on March 19, broke open a 1-1 game with seven runs in the fourth inning. Danny Collins led off the inning with a single before Trae Santos smashed a 2-2 pitch for Jacksonville State reliever Adam Polk over the center field fence to give Troy a 3-1 advantage.

Josh McDorman doubled home Mathew Howard, who earlier walked. Clay Holcomb continued the inning with a RBI double and Tyler Vaughn drove him home with a two-out single.

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Troy once again got a solid start from southpaw Ryan Sorce. The senior tossed five innings allowing five hits, one earned run and struck out seven. Sorce moves to 4-0 on the season.

Jacksonville State (16-16) scored in the first inning when leadoff batter Michael Bishop opened the game with a single and eventually scored on a grounder by Coty Blanchard.

Troy second baseman Garrett Pitts tied the game in the second with a single to left field that scored Howard.

The Trojans used six pitchers on the night. Austin Sullivan, William Teal, Thomas Austin, Nate Hill and Matthew Howard all saw action on the mound.

Jacksonville State got three runs back in the sixth when Sullivan surrendered a pair of walks after recording the first out of the inning. Teal came on in relief and worked around a pair of singles to end the frame.

Logan Pierce picked up a double to extend his reached base streak to 36 games, the second longest in the country.

Polk was handed the loss for the Gamecocks

Troy will take to the road as they play 10 games in 13 days starting with a trip to Birmingham to face Samford of Thursday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.