Troy softball goes 5-0 in D9 Citrus Classic

Daniel Hunt

Staff Writer

The Troy softball team went a 5-0 in the D9 Citrus Classic over the weekend, defeating FIU, University of California-Santa Barbara, Fordham, Niagara and Binghamton.

In Orlando on Friday, the Trojans took down both FIU and UCSB, 4-0 and 9-1, respectively. Fordham gave Troy trouble in game one of the doubleheader on Saturday, but the Trojans pulled away 1-0 before knocking off Niagara 14-4 in game two. The Trojans finished the tournament on Sunday in dominant fashion while managing to complete its first five-game winning streak of the season with a win against Binghamton 2-1.

Against FIU, the deep ball pulled Troy to victory.

Brooke Echols hit a solo home run in the second inning to pull the Trojans to an early lead. Troy never gave the lead back up.

The score would stay 1-0 until the seventh inning when Logan Calhoun blasted a three-run homer to give her team the four run lead. It was the first home run of the year hit for both Calhoun and Echols.

In the circle for the Trojans was Annie Willis, who picked up her third win of the season. The freshman threw a two-hitter with seven innings pitched and five strikeouts.

Troy exploded for even more runs in the second game of the doubleheader against UC-Santa Barbara.

Stephanie Snyder’s second trip to the plate marked the start of a great game for Troy. The junior hit a double and was later brought in by Erica Davis with a sacrifice fly RBI that put the Trojans on the board.

Troy put up six runs in the bottom of the third inning, highlighted by a Davis triple that cleared the bases.

The score stayed 7-1 until the bottom of the sixth. Back to back singles by Davis and Hope Hernandez gave way to a Carli Kayler RBI single. Madeline Porter finished the game with an RBI single to give the Trojans a 9-1 victory.

Peyton Glover stayed undefeated with one earned run allowed in six innings of work.

Troy struggled hitting the ball against Fordham on Saturday, but Willis arguably had her best game of the season to push Troy to a win.

The freshman went six total innings with 10 strikeouts and no runs given up.

Troy managed to score the lone run off an error by the shortstop in the bottom of the fifth.

Against Niagara, 10 of the Trojans had at least one hit in the game. Out of the 10 players who had hits, eight of them had at least one RBI.

Snyder hit a sacrifice RBI to center field, which started the onslaught in the first inning.

Troy went on to put 14 runs on Niagara over the next six innings with the final score 14-4.

Calhoun tripled in her first at bat in the final game on Sunday against Binghamton. Porter brought her in with an RBI single in the next at-bat.

The Trojans put another run on the board in the fifth inning when Katie Webb hit an RBI double to deep center field.

Claire Graves put in five innings of work and allowed only three hits and one run before being replaced by Glover for the save opportunity. Glover finished with two strikeouts and gave the Trojans the 2-1 victory.

Troy will be back in action over the weekend at home in a three-game series against Georgia Southern. The first game is scheduled for Friday, March 9, at 2 p.m.

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