canada africa partner reservation Troy Baseball Tops No. 18 Louisiana in Conference Series – The Troy Messenger

Troy Baseball Tops No. 18 Louisiana in Conference Series – The Troy Messenger

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Troy Baseball tops No. 18 Louisiana in conference series

Published at 8:58 AM on Monday, May 6, 2024

The Troy Trojans (34-15, 16-8) defeated the 18th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (34-15, 18-6) this weekend in a Sun Belt Conference baseball series, winning two of three games at home.

The series victory was Troy’s second consecutive series win over a Top 20 team in the country after defeating the previously 12th-ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers last weekend.

Troy started the series in dominant fashion, controlling Louisiana in seven innings and earning a 16-5 win on May 3. Kyle Mock went 3-for-5 at the plate with a grand slam home run, a double, seven RBIs. and two runs, while Tremayne Cobb Jr. went 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs. Brooks Bryan also went 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI and three runs.

Garrett Gainous earned his second win on the mound, striking out five batters and giving up six hits and four earned runs in five innings pitched. Clete Hartzog also threw two innings and fanned three batters, while giving up no hits or runs.

Kyle Debarge went 2-for-4 at home for the Cajuns with a homerun, a double, three RBIs and two runs. Andrew Herrmann took the loss for Louisiana, giving up five hits and two earned runs in two innings pitched. Louisiana threw five pitchers at the Trojans in game one.

The Trojans sealed the series victory in game two. Troy trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, but scored four unanswered runs to make it 5-2. Louisiana tried to rally in the seventh and cut the lead to 5-4, but Troy scored three more runs in the eighth to claim an 8-4 victory.

Bryan went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Trojans, with a home run, three RBIs and a run. Mock went 2-for-3 with a home run, one RBI and one run.

Luke Lyon earned his seventh win on the mound, striking out four and giving up five hits and two earned runs in five innings of work. Jay Dill also earned his first save of the season, giving up one hit and no runs with two strikeouts in two and 1/3 innings.

For Louisiana, DeBarge went 2-for-5 with a double and a run. Chase Morgan took the loss on the mound, striking out one and giving up six hits and four earned runs in four and 2/3 innings against the rubber.

Entering Sunday, the Trojans had a chance to clinch a second straight series win over a Top 20 team, but the Cajuns had other ideas as they took away a 14-13 win. Louisiana appeared to be on the verge of running away with the game, leading 12-6 in the bottom of the ninth, when Troy exploded.

Kole Myers started the rally with an RBI single that brought home both Aidan Gilroy and Matt Mercer and cut the Cajun lead to 12-8. Will Butcher then hit a grand slam homer that tied the score at 12-12 and forced extra innings.

Louisiana added two more runs in the top of the 10th to regain the lead 14-12. In the bottom of the 10th, Shane Lewis doubled to right field, then Peyton Watts scored on an error to cut the lead to just one. However, the Trojans were unable to get into scoring position.

“It was an incredible battle here today. A lot of teams would have let it end there in the ninth, but countless guys helped get the bat to Will Butcher, who hits a grand slam,” said Troy Coach Skylar Meade. “We just messed around, but that wasn’t the intention. Louisiana is such a good team because the program answered from the last two and did it in the 10e. As a pitcher, I hate that we gave up double-digit runs. We have to get better at that. But man, a great fight from everyone in that dugout and from every fan in those stands. Although a loss is painful, it will serve us well in the future.”

Butcher went 3-for-5 at the plate with two home runs, a double, seven RBIs and two runs. Mock also went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a double and a run.

In game three, a total of eight Trojan pitchers took the mound. Hartzog took the loss, striking out three and giving up three hits and two earned runs in one inning. Grayson Stewart struck out a pair of batters and gave up six hits and four earned runs in four innings of work.

For the Cajuns, Trey LaFleur went 3-for-6 with two doubles, a homer, three RBIs and two runs. Louisiana also used seven pitchers in game three. David Christie earned his second win of the season, striking out one, giving up one hit and no earned runs in one inning pitched.

Troy won’t get much time to rest as the No. 23 Alabama Crimson Tide comes to Troy for a midweek game on Tuesday at 6 p.m.