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Trojans avoid a series sweep at UT-Arlington

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Scott Shelton

Staff Writer

The Troy softball team went on the road last weekend to Texas-Arlington, suffering two walk-off losses before taking the final game in the series 8-7.

The series moves Troy’s record to 28-20 overall and 12-10 in the Sun Belt Conference with just five games left before the start of the Sun Belt Tournament.

In Saturday’s game one versus the Mavericks, the Trojans gave up a first-inning run and were held scoreless until the third inning when Stephanie Snyder hit a three-run home run, her sixth of the season.

Katie Webb then hit an RBI double in the fourth inning to bring Logan Calhoun home, extending Troy’s lead to three runs. Webb leads the team and the Sun Belt Conference with 13 doubles this season, and Troy leads the Sun Belt with 68.

In the bottom of the inning, Texas-Arlington hit a ball deep, but Brooke Echols robbed a home run to keep the Mavericks off the board for the inning.

A weather delay pushed the remainder of game one to Sunday, leaving the score at 4-1.

To begin Sunday’s action,  a wild pitch and a two-run home run tied the game at four runs apiece.

Neither team could break the tie as the game went to extra innings, the sixth such game for the Trojans this season.

Troy could not seem to generate anything offensively, but the defense held strong until the 11th inning when the Mavericks hit a walk-off home run to take the win 5-4.

In game two of Sunday’s triple-header, the Trojans struck first with another RBI from Webb to plate Calhoun.

The Mavericks responded with a bases-loaded walk to score their first run.

The Trojans then scored their second run of the game, an RBI single off the bat of Hussey in the fifth inning to send Corbett home.

Peyton Glover and the Troy defense kept the Texas-Arlington offense scoreless for five innings, but the Mavericks hit a walk-off grand slam to win game two 5-2.

In the nightcap of Sunday’s action, Troy got off to a hot start, going up 5-0 following Kaylee Hussey’s first grand slam of her career.

Erica Davis followed with a two-run home run in the fifth inning to give Troy a 7-0 lead.

The Mavericks cut into the Trojans’ lead with a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth, their first runs of the game.

Freshman pitcher Annie Willis pitched the 11-inning game earlier and pitched the first five innings of game three, allowing three runs on six hits.

Troy tacked on another run when Davis scored off a wild pitch.

The Mavericks rallied in the seventh inning with an RBI double and a three-run home run to pull within a run.

Kynsley Blasingame finished off the Mavericks, and the Trojans took game three of the series 8-7 to avoid the sweep.

Willis gets the win, and her record improves to 15-6 on the year.

Next, the team will play a three-game series against Texas State in what will be its final Sun Belt Conference series at home.