The Troy softball team swept conference opponent Coastal Carolina in a three-game series at home last weekend, extending its winning streak to seven games.
That streak was snapped Wednesday though, as the Trojans were shut out at home by Sun Belt rival South Alabama by a score of 7-0.
Despite dropping to 11-7 in the conference after the loss, Troy has now swept two series in a row for the first time since 2015, and now has a spot at fourth place in the latest Sun Belt Conference standings.
With the loss to the Jaguars, the Trojans are the owners of a 11-7 record in Sun Belt play and 27-18 overall.
After the series sweep against Coastal Carolina, Troy Head Coach Beth Mullins noted the team’s defensive performance.
“I thought we did a good job,” Mullins said. “We stuck to what we are great at, which has been pitching and defense.
“We added some timely hits, and when we do that, we can win a lot of ball games. Annie did a great job giving us five solid innings, and Peyton came in and shut the door.”
Coastal Carolina leads the country with 60 home runs, but the Trojans kept the Chanticleers at bay in all three games while allowing no home runs.
In game one versus Coastal Carolina on Friday, Troy got its lone run of the game when Taylor Corbett got a hit to send Erica Davis home.
The hit from Corbett was just the Trojans’ second hit of the game and was the last as Troy struggled at the plate in game one.
Although the offense struggled, freshman pitcher Annie Willis threw her third complete game shutout of the season, striking out five batters in the game.
In game two, the Trojans carried over their dominant defense from the first game, holding the Chanticleers scoreless until the final inning.
In the second inning, a wild pitch by Coastal Carolina brought in Davis, and an RBI single from Logan Calhoun scored freshman Hope Hernandez.
The Trojans scored two more runs in the fourth inning from a two-run RBI double by Madeline Porter which scored Corbett and Calhoun.
The Chanticleers scored a run in the seventh inning off a sacrifice fly and got the tying run on the plate, but the Trojan defense held strong to take the win 4-1.
Junior pitcher Peyton Glover struck out three batters and allowed just a single run in a complete game of her own. Glover improved her pitching record to 9-5 on the year.
In game three, Troy faced a tied game for the first time all weekend with both teams scoring in the first two innings.
The Trojans scored on a pair of RBI doubles from Corbett and Calhoun.
An RBI single from Hernandez in the third inning extended the lead to 4-1.
A two-run RBI triple from Brooke Echols in the fourth inning gave the Trojans a five-run lead, their largest of the weekend.
Coastal Carolina cut into Troy’s lead with two runs in the sixth inning, but Glover ended the game in relief for Willis, and the Trojans took the win 6-3 and the series sweep.
In five innings, Willis struck out five batters and allowed three runs to earn the win and improve to 14-4 on the year.
The sweep reverses the outcome of last season’s series in which the Chanticleers swept the Trojans, winning all three games by a single run.
Two days later against South Alabama, the Trojans fell behind early, allowing an inside-the-park home run in the first inning.
The Jaguars added a solo home run in the second inning and back-to-back triples in the third to take a 5-0 lead.
The Trojans were held to just three total hits against the pitching of the Jaguars’ Devin Brown.
South Alabama added two more runs in the fourth to extend its largest lead to seven runs.
Next, the team travels to Arlington, Texas, for a three-game series against Texas-Arlington before facing No. 19 Mississippi State at the Troy Softball Complex on Wednesday. That game will be available to be streamed through ESPN3.