Softball takes series, drops streak

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Junior infielder Logan Calhounmakes a sprint towards first base during Friday’s nightcap matchup against Georgia Southern. The Trojans took games one and two before dropping game three, still clinching the series.

 

Hanna Cooper

Staff Writer

Troy clinched its fourth consecutive Sun Belt series win with a pair of 6-1 wins before falling to Georgia Southern in the series finale, 5-3, Saturday afternoon at Eagle Field.

With Sun Belt series wins over Coastal Carolina, UT Arlington, Georgia State and Georgia Southern, the Trojans have won four straight conference series for the first time since 2009.

Troy broke the program’s longest win streak set in 1995 with its win over the Eagles in game one of the series.

The Trojans struck first in the top of the first inning with two runs off of singles by Madeline Porter and Bailey Taylor.

Troy added another pair of runs in the top of the second with hits by Katie Lively, Kelly Horne and Porter.

 Georgia Southern answered with a run in the bottom of the second, but Troy added runs in the top of the third and fourth inning to give them a five-run advantage heading into the bottom of the seventh.

A lightning delay suspended play until Saturday with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Leanna Johnson closed out the game facing the last two batters, but Annie Willis picked up the win scattering five hits and striking out four batters through six innings of work.

Rylee Waldrep suffered the loss for Georgia Southern after allowing four runs off of five hits and walk.  

In game two, back-to-back-to-back singles by Talia Truitt, Katie Webb and Kaylee Hussey scored a pair of runs for Troy in the top half of the first to give Troy the lead for good.

The game turned into a pitcher’s duel as Leanna Johnson and Ashleigh Morton battled for the next five frames holding both sides scoreless.

The Trojans got back on the board adding four insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning capped off by a three-run long ball by Taylor, her fifth home run of the season.

The Eagles answered with a solo shot by Shayla Smith, but Johnson and the Trojan defense retired three batters to give Troy its 15th consecutive victory.

A five-run inning by Georgia Southern powered the Eagles past Troy in the series finale. With the Trojans leading 3-0, a three-run shot by Faith Shirley tied the game. Macy Coleman gave the Eagles the lead with a two-run home run that capped off the inning.

“All things eventually come to an end,” head coach Beth Mullins said. “I am really proud of this group and the fight they showed throughout this winning streak.”

“We are going to go home, get back to work and get ready for another tough conference weekend.”

Troy returns home for a Sun Belt Conference series with Appalachian State. The teams will play a doubleheader on Friday night with the first game starting at 5 p.m. The series will conclude on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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