Troy earns big weekend series win over Indiana

Published 9:24 am Monday, March 11, 2024

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The Troy Trojans (12-5) won 2-of-3 games on the road against the Big 10’s Indiana Hoosiers this weekend.

Troy throttled Indiana in game one on Saturday by a score of 8-1, exploding to score five runs in the ninth inning. Troy’s Will Butcher was an absolute menace at the plate, going 3-for-5 with an eye-popping three home runs, six RBIs and three runs. Tremayne Cobb Jr. also hit a home run for the Trojans, while Kole Myers went 2-for-5 with a double and a run. Luke Lyon picked up his second win on the mound with seven strikeouts, while giving up four hits and one earned run in seven and 1/3 innings pitched. Logan Ross also earned his first save of the year, striking out a pair of batters and giving up one hit and no runs in one and 2/3 innings pitched.

Troy and Indiana slugged it out in a doubleheader on March 10 with the Hoosiers coming away with a 10-7 victory in game two. Myers led Troy at the plate in the loss, going 3-for-5 with a home run, one RBI and three runs. Grayson Stewart took the loss on the mound, striking out two batters and giving up six hits and six earned runs in two and 2/3 innings pitched.

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The Trojans took the rubber match however, winning the series with an exciting 10-9 win in game three. Indiana held on to a slim 9-8 lead going into the ninth inning but Troy’s Blake Sutton came through in the clutch. Sutton hit an RBI double into right field that drove home both Cobb and Butcher for the tying and winning run. Troy’s closer Noah Manning needed just four batters to earn the three outs in the bottom of the inning to secure the win, including two strikeouts.

“That was a really good team; they had really good stuff on the mound and some great players,” Troy Coach Skylar Meade said. “The story of the bus ride to Huntsville is going to be Ringer (Noah Manning) coming in for the last 10 outs, shutting it down, and someone saying enough is enough. We didn’t play our greatest baseball; this was a unique weekend. It was 28 degrees; it wasn’t simple to do, just a great job offensively by the guys; happy to see Shane get it going with the two big home runs.”

Cobb went 2-for-5 in game three with a double, one RBI and four runs, while the reigning SBC Player of the Year Shane Lewis went 2-for-5 with two home runs, four RBIs and three runs. Sutton also went 2-for-4 with a homer, a double, four RBIs and three runs.

Michael Osmond got his second win of the season on the mound, giving up two hits and no earned runs in one and 2/3 innings pitched, while Manning earned his first save of the year with three strikeouts. He gave up two hits and no runs in three and 1/3 innings pitched.