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Troy softball wins two of five at Troy Classic

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Daniel Hunt

Staff Writer

The Troy softball team picked up two wins at home over the weekend in the Trojan Classic, defeating Murray State and Tennessee Tech, but losing to UAB, Southern Illinois University-Evansville and a rematch with Tennessee Tech.

Troy kicked off the tournament with a 3-2 win against Tennessee Tech on Friday before falling 1-0 to UAB in the nightcap of the Trojans’ doubleheader. Saturday’s doubleheader started with a 5-2 loss to SIUE, but ended with a bounce-back 3-2 win against Murray State. Troy went on to close the tournament with a loss to Tennessee Tech 9-3 on Sunday.

Freshman pitcher Annie Willis gave up only four hits in six innings and threw six strikeouts for the Trojans in the opener against TTU.

Erica Davis hit a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead early. With no scoring plays for either team in the fifth inning, the Golden Eagles tied the game off an RBI single by Bayli Cruse at the top of the sixth.

Troy answered quickly with two runs at the bottom of the sixth. Kyndal Riddick scored on a passed ball that was followed by an RBI single from Brooke Echols.

With a 3-2 lead, Peyton Glover clinched the save.

Troy couldn’t find an answer for UAB pitcher Emly Kachel in game two. The true freshman shut out the Trojans while giving up only two hits in seven innings with nine strikeouts.

The Blazers scored the lone run off a homer in the first inning hit by Analyse Petree.

Trojan pitcher Claire Graves gave up only one run in seven innings of work despite taking the loss 1-0.

Against SIUE, the Trojans gave up five runs for their second consecutive loss. Troy had given up only five runs in the entire tournament coming into the game on Saturday.

Troy gave up a homer in the second inning to give SIUE the 1-0 lead early. The Cougars added to the lead with an RBI single in the third.

It was not until the bottom of the fourth inning that Troy would put up its first score of the day off a Katie Webb home run.

Following the homer, the Cougars got three consecutive outs and headed back to bat with a 2-1 lead.

The outs proved to be costly for the Trojans as SIUE drove in two runs at the top of the fifth to put the game away. SIUE tacked on another run due to a Trojan error in the sixth inning to seal the game 5-2.

After the loss, the Trojans moved on to Murray State, which came into the game fresh off a 21-0 win against TTU.

Troy jumped out to a lead in its third at-bat after Webb hit a sacrifice fly RBI that brought in Logan Calhoun. Calhoun scored again later in the third following Madeline Porter’s RBI double.

With the score at 2-0, Troy pitcher Glover walked her first batter of the day in the fourth inning. Murray State hit a home run in the next at-bat to tie the game 2-2.

Glover got some more help from Porter in the fifth inning as she drove in Calhoun with her second RBI double of the day.

Glover’s 10 strikeouts in the game tied a career-high.

The Trojans came back on Sunday against TTU with one of their worst first innings of the season.

The Golden Eagles started the game with three straight hits to put the score at 1-0. Troy managed to strike out one batter, but the momentum stayed with TTU.

A two-run triple by the Golden Eagles brought the score to 3-0. TTU produced another RBI double in the next at-bat that brought in an extra run.

The Golden Eagles managed to hit one more double that brought in a fifth run in just the first inning. Troy committed six errors in the inning and was never able to recover.

Sitting at an 8-6 record, the Trojans now look ahead to the D9 Citrus Classic, which will take place on Friday, March 2, in Orlando, Florida.

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