Trojans host ULM in first home conference series

Published 9:03 pm Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Troy Trojans stand on the verge of turning a disappointing first month of the season around. On Wednesday, Troy picked up a pair of wins over in-state rival Alabama State and will welcome in the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks to Riddle-Pace Field this weekend for a three-game series.

ULM has limped to a 7-15 record through the season’s first month, and have lost nine straight games. The last win for the Warhawks came March 5, a 5-1 victory over Michigan State. Troy has won five of its last games.

Troy head coach Bobby Pierce feels the mid-week twin killing of Alabama State will allow his players to relax and “just play baseball.”

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“We needed some positive momentum,” said Pierce. “We have been really squeezing tight trying not to make mistakes, and it has backfired on us. A night like tonight might give us a chance to relax in a good way. Hopefully the guys will continue to have a good feeling as we head in to the weekend against Monroe.”

The Trojans are 1-1 in Sun Belt play, after splitting two games in Mobile last weekend against South Alabama. A series win, or sweep, would lift the spirits of the Trojans even more.

Pierce feels the ULM series is very important for his Trojans.

“Being at home, and it being early in the season, I think it is tremendously important for our team to play well this weekend,” said Pierce. “We need to win a series at home, and keep the momentum going in the right way.”

Friday and Saturday’s games are set for a 6 p.m. first pitch, while Sunday’s matinee will get underway at 1 p.m.