TROY, Alabama Stephanie Snyder hit her third home run of the season and second walk-off of the season as Troy (15-15, 3-3 SBC) rallied past Georgia State 9-7 in nine innings on Sunday at the Troy Softball Complex.
The Trojans jumped out to a hot start as Becca Harley hit a lead off home run and Kaylee Hussey followed with a three run homer of her own after a walk and base hit from Snyder and Katie Webb.
Georgia State (17-11, 4-2 SBC) cut into the Trojans’ lead in the top of the second after a two RBI single from Morgan Brown. Troy tacked on another run in the bottom of the inning after Hartley got on base with a single and Madeline Porter drove her home with a base hit of her own.
Both teams put up two runs in the third inning as Georgia State’s Ivie Drake hit a lead off home run and a SAC fly from Megan Litumbe advanced a runner home. The Trojans took a three run lead after a critical error from the Panther’s advanced two runs.
The Panthers fought back in the fourth and fifth innings posting three runs after three RBI singles. Both defenses came alive as no team was able to get on the board in three straight innings.
After nothing doing in the seventh, the game went into extras tied at 7-7. Neither the Trojans nor the Panthers could get across the plate in the eighth.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Porter hit a double to center field to put a runner in scoring position for the Trojans. Snyder stepped up to the plate and crushed a two run homer over the center field wall to give Troy the walk-off win to win the series 2-1 over the Panthers.
Troy went through its entire pitching staff in game three. Peyton Glover earned the start, but was relieved by Meg Willis, who made her second appearance on the season. After two innings, Claire Graves entered the game. Rachel Rigney Brown closed out the game and earned the hard fought win. She moves to 6-9 on the season and has accumulated 33 strikeouts in 83 innings of work.
• This was Snyder’s second walk-off in one week; she also hit one in Troy’s win against Southern Miss on Tuesday, March 15.
• Hartley now has 10 home runs on the season, one away from her career high 11 that she posted last season. She is sixth in the NCAA for home runs.
• Hartley leads the team batting a .356 on the season. After four games this week, she posted a .615 at the plate with three home runs, a double, and five RBIs.
• Five different Trojans have posted multiple home runs this season.
• Webb is on a team-high six game hitting streak after going 1-2 at the plate in today’s win.
“It was championship Sunday, and the Sun Belt is always a dogfight,” head coach Beth Mullin said. “They are a great team and I could not be more proud of the fight we showed. Rachel Rigney Brown going in there and just shutting everything down really helped us. Those two big hits from Madeline Porter and Stephanie Snyder were huge for us. It was a fun game and if you are a fan, you saw a lot of softball today.”
Troy will host UAB for a mid-week tilt on Tuesday, March 21 at 6 p.m., before traveling to Conway, S.C., for a three game series against Coastal Carolina. Saturday’s double header will be at 12 and 2 p.m. and Sunday’s game is set for 11 a.m. CT.
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