Troy baseball splits the series with South Alabama

Amy Austin Staff Writer   Opening conference play, the Troy baseball team split the series with South Alabama, 1-1, with the rubber game being rained out on Saturday, March 15. Troy took game one from the Jaguars, 5-0. Senior pitcher Tanner Hicks threw a shutout game. Hicks had 16 ground ball outs, and this was the first time a Troy pitcher threw a shutout in a nine-inning game since Tyler Ray in 2011. “We started off the series with a great pitching performance by Tanner Hicks. We pitched very well,”…

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Baseball loses first road series to Southern Mississippi

Amy Austin Staff Writer   For the first road series of the season, the Troy baseball team lost the series against Southern Mississippi, 2-1. “Our team competed hard and if that’s what we gain out of losing a series, I think that’s gonna bode very well for us for the remainder of the season,” said head coach Bobby Pierce. Troy took a 3-1 loss against USM on Friday, Feb. 28. Senior pitcher Tanner Hicks pitched seven innings for the Trojans. He had three earned runs and six strikeouts. Troy scored…

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Returning pitchers provide defense

Amy Austin Staff Writer   In less than two weeks, the Troy University baseball team will step foot on the diamond and prepare to defend its title as Sun Belt Conference champions. One key element to its execution of this task is the team’s defense. Last year, the Troy defense was a key component to the team’s winning record and postseason. From the starters to the bullpen, many players helped the team function as a well-oiled machine. Returning players that carried the load before are pre-season All-American Tyler Vaughn, who…

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