Late inning drama: Smartt gives Trojans a walk-off win over Louisiana

Published 10:11 pm Friday, March 29, 2019

Troy native Chase Smartt hit a sacrifice fly to short right field to allow Dalton Sinquefield to score the game-winning run in the Trojans’ 5-4 win over Louisiana on Friday night.

The Trojans overcame an early three-run deficit to earn their second conference win of the season.

The Trojans began the bottom of the ninth with a single by Sinquefield. Following a walk, Tyler Head laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners to advance into scoring position. The Cajuns elected to intentionally walk freshman Logan Cerny to load the bases for Smartt.

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Smartt hit a 0-1 pitch into the awaiting glove of the Louisiana Right fielder. The throw was late home and the Trojan bench raced onto the field.

After losing their first five conference games, the Trojans have won their last two.

The Trojans allowed three runs in the first inning and lost their starting pitcher due to an apparent injury.

Staff ace Levi Thomas allowed two doubles, a single and a walk in the top of the first leading to a 3-0 start for the Ragin’ Cajuns. With two outs in the inning, catcher Chase Smartt noticed Thomas in discomfort and immediately asked for the trainer to come out of the dugout. Thomas was immediately pulled and in came Taylor Pridgen.

The freshman lefthander got the final out of the inning, sending the Trojans back into the dugout.

The Trojans cut into their deficit in the bottom of the second. Smart and Manning picked up back-to-back singles and Smartt came around to score on a single by Rigsby Mosley.

One inning later, the Trojans pulled to within one. The Trojans loaded the bases via the walk and scored their second run of the game on a walk by Smartt.

The Trojans picked up back-to-back singles to start the fourth inning. Mosley, who led off the inning with a hit came around to score the game-tying run on a sacrifice fly by Dalton Sinquefield.

With Sinquefield still at first, The Ragin’ Cajun pitcher made an errant throw to first, allowing Sinquefield to scamper to third. Sinquefield gave the Trojans the lead when he came in to score on a single by Sadler Goodwin.

The Ragin’ Cajuns scored the tying run, but with the bases loaded and nobody out, Logan Johnson forced three-straight groundouts to keep the game even at four heading into the bottom of the fifth.

Mosley and Sinquefield both finished with two hits for the Trojans, while Drew Frederic, Goodwin, Smartt and Manning Early all had one.

Pridgen pitched 3.2 innings and allowed one run on two hits. The Trojans then received scoreless outings from Lance Johnson, Ryan Fultz and Rush Hixon.

The Trojans will continue their series with the Ragin’ Cajuns this afternoon beginning at 3 p.m.