The Troy Trojans baseball team recorded a 5-4 win over the Alabama State Hornets on Tuesday, March 29 at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery.
Troy (17-7) has defeated ASU in the two-school series this season, beating the Hornets 11-1 on March 22. Troy took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Clay Stearns hit a two-run homer that also drove Seth Johnson home. Troy extended the lead to 3-0 in the third inning when Jesse Hall scored on a pop fly from Kyle Mock.
Alabama State cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom third of the third when Jabronksi Williams of Troy and Corey King scored on a line-drive double from Christopher DeGuzman. Trenton Jamison leveled 3-3 at the end of the fourth inning when he scored on a wild pitch.
Troy’s Seth Johnson hit a double from two RBI into left field in the third inning to drive home William Sullivan and Hall and retake the 5-3 lead for the Trojans. The Hornets cut the lead again to 5-4 by the end of the eighth inning, but Troy was able to hold them off for the rest of the game.
Trey Leonard led Troy at the plate and scored a 2-for-4, while Hunter May went for Alabama State with a 2-for-4 run. Williams — who was an All-State player at Charles Henderson — went to the plate with a run 1-2. Williams also had three putouts on defense.
Troy’s Rigsby Mosley pitched two innings and hit three batsmen while giving up three hits and no runs. Ryan Pettys clinched the win on the mound by pitching two innings and retiring five batsmen, giving up just one hit and no runs. Marquez Oates made his sixth save of the year, knocking out three batsmen and giving up a hit and a earned run in three innings. Noah Janney also pitched two innings and fanned out four batsmen. He also gave up three hits and three earned runs. Stearns had 14 putouts on defense and Sullivan had 10 putouts.
Troy is back home this weekend for a Sun Belt Conference series with Little Rock on April 1-3. The first game takes place on Friday at 18:00, followed by a game on Saturday at 15:00 and a game on Sunday at 13:00.