Troy rally falls short against Arkansas State; home win streak ends

Published 5:16 pm Sunday, May 12, 2013

Troy fell short in a monumental comeback effort on Sunday ultimately losing to Arkansas State 15-14 at Riddle-Pace Field.

Arkansas State led 14-1 when the Trojans came to bat in the fourth. Home runs from Justin Hancock, Logan Pierce and Danny Collins helped Troy claw back into the game 14-8.

Pierce would hit a three-run homer in the fifth to get Troy to within three. Arkansas State’s Ryan Roberts led off the sixth with a solo home run while Troy’s Trae Santos answered in the bottom half with a solo blast of his own. Troy trailed 15-12.

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Santos would single with one out in the eighth before Josh McDorman appeared to earn his way on base after being hit by a pitch. Home plate umpire Kenneth Langford ruled that McDorman did not attempt to avoid the pitch and mandated he remain at the plate. On the next pitch McDorman launched a two-run home run to left field closing the gap to 15-14.

The Trojans would be retired in order in the ninth however and the team’s 18-game home winning streak was snapped.

Troy finishes the season with a 28-5 record at Riddle-Pace Field. The Trojans finished the 2011 season 30-5 at home.

Troy fell behind early after starter Ryan Sorce, who was hit with his first loss of the season, allowed five runs on six hits and was able to retire just four batters. Williams Teal relieved Sorce in the second but gave up five runs although just one was earned.

The Trojans would use five pitchers in the losing effort while Arkansas State utilized just three.

Troy, who won the first two games of the series in extra innings, would hit six home runs in the game falling two shy of the team record of eight set in 1980 and accomplished again in 1985.

McDorman finished the game 3-for-4 while Pierce, Santos and Hancock all earned a pair of hits each.

The Trojans (37-14, 18-9 Sun Belt) will travel to Birmingham to face UAB on Tuesday then the attention turns the season’s final series that starts on Thursday. Troy takes on South Alabama in what will determine the Sun Belt Conference’s regular season champion. Entering Sunday, the Jaguars led Troy by just a half a game but won the front end of a doubleheader against Louisiana-Lafayette.

If South wins the second game, Troy will need to sweep the Jaguars to earn the regular season title.