Troy knocks off Alabama A&M in slugfest, 15-7

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Troy finished off a two-game midweek sweep of Alabama A&M with a 15-7 victory on Wednesday night.

The Trojans pounded out 14 hits but also used 12 walks to their advantage.

“It was one of those games where the tempo really slowed down and we had some guys throwing that haven’t thrown in a while,” Troy head coach Bobby Pierce. “Whatever the case, we had way too many ball fours.”

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The teams combined to walk 22 batters in the game. Alabama A&M pitchers were called for five balks.

The Trojans would score a run in every inning except the fourth and eighth.

Troy was led at the plate by Danny Collins who went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a solo home run in the fifth inning. Justin Hancock added three RBIs with a 2-for-3 day at the plate. Alabama A&M pitchers were called for five balks in the game.

Joe Hernandez (1-0) picked up the win after tossing four innings allowing one run on just two hits. Hernandez got off to a rough start when he walked four batters in the first inning. A double play and a strikeout helped him escape any damage.

Arkansas-Little Rock will visit Riddle-Pace Field for a three-game weekend conference series beginning Friday at 6 p.m.


Starling to undergo MRI

Right-handed pitcher Will Starling will undergo an MRI today.

Starling, a junior, started Tuesday’s game against Alabama A&M but left in the third after feeling discomfort in his throwing arm.

“He didn’t feel comfortable at all. It’s one of those things where you go in and they either say no it isn’t (a tear) or yes it is,” Pierce said. “We’ll find out more after he gets checked out.”

On the season, Starling is 4-3 with a 6.31 ERA.