Troy lets lead slip in 8-6 loss to Lipscomb

Published 3:00 am Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Troy Trojans relinquished a five-run lead and fell to the Lipscomb Bison 8-6 Friday in day one of the Troy Classic.

With the loss the Trojans drop to 8-3.

“I thought we came out really fast and played really well in the first three innings,” said Troy head coach Beth Mullins. “We let off the gas and let a lot of moments get away from us.”

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The Trojans jumped out to a  2-0 lead in the first when Meg Willis grounded to score Becca Hartley. Erica Davis also doubled to score Katie Webb.

The Trojans added a run in the second when Hartley singled in Grace Mirley and looked to put the game out of reach when they added three more runs in the third. Erica Davis drove in the first run on a sacrifice fly scoring Stephanie Snyder.. Madeline Porter followed up with a single up the middle to score Logan Calhoun. Porter scored the final run of the inning on a throwing error by the shortstop.

“I thought we were prepared and understood timing and did a great job at saying on time,” Mullins said.

The Bison got on the board with a run in the fourth inning to bring the score to 6-1. After holding the Trojans in the bottom of the inning, the Bison got to within one of the Trojans when they scored four runs on three hits.

The Bison were able to push across the tying run in the sixth. In the bottom of the seventh  it looked like the Trojans were going to walk away with a dramatic win. Erica Davis sent a deep ball to the center field wall that was robbed by Kasey Gibson to end the inning.

It didn’t take long in extra innings for the Bison to take control. They scored two runs on two hits and an error to secure the win.

Claire Graves pitched five and a third innings and allowed five runs on eight hits, while Rachel Rigney two threw two and two thirds innings while allowing three runs, one of which was earned.

The Trojans finished with 11 hits and were led by Porter and Brooke Echols who both finished 2-2.

The Trojans will continue play in the Troy Classic today when they take on Southeastern Louisiana at 3 p.m. followed by Pittsburgh at 5:30 p.m.