Troy softball sweeps Friday slate

Published 6:28 pm Friday, February 27, 2015

Troy University softball went undefeated in its first day of the Stetson Invitational in DeLand, Fla., defeating Alabama State 11-3 and later Colgate 9-1.

Both of the Trojans’ games were ended early due to run rules. Troy was able to dispatch of Alabama State in six innings before putting away Colgate in five innings later in the day.

Troy’s Khadija Neely had a strong day at the plate, going 6-for-7 with three runs scored and six RBIs.

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Neely also hit her first career home run in the fifth inning against Colgate to give the Trojans a 9-1 victory.

Against Alabama State, Troy’s (10-7) bats came alive early and often.

The Trojans scored 11 runs on 12 hits against the Hornets and have now outscored Alabama State 36-7 this season.

After a big third inning that saw Troy drive in four runs, the Trojans quickly got out to a comfortable 5-0 lead.

Alabama State did its best to battle back, scoring three runs in three innings, but Troy’s offense proved too explosive as the Trojans closed out the game with three more runs in the top of the sixth inning, giving Troy the victory when the game was called after the sixth inning.

In the second game of its doubleheader against Colgate, Troy’s offense was equally as effective on its way to another big win.

Colgate got on the board first, scoring a run in the top of the first, but that was the only run the Raiders would muster all game.

Troy responded immediately in the bottom of the first, scoring two runs before outscoring Colgate 7-0 the rest of the game, capped by a Neely walk-off homerun.

Troy native Becca Hartley also went yard in the game, her second of the season.

Troy will hit the field tomorrow for the second day of play at the Stetson Invitational, and will face Colgate again at 10 a.m. and then face host, Stetson at 3 p.m.