Trojans Drop Series Finale

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. After securing the series win yesterday, Troy fell to Little Rock, 10-3, in the series finale at Gary Hogan Field Sunday.

The bats were hot on a warm afternoon in Little Rock, as the two teams combined for 26 hits. Troy (11-7, 2-1) strung together nine hits but only pushed across three runs in the matchup.

Mason Rogers led the Trojans with a three-for-four performance that included a double. Brandon Lockridge also turned in a multi-hit game for Troy – going two-for-four – and Chase Smartt added a seventh-inning double.

Houston Mabray (1-1) suffered his first loss of the season after allowing four runs on five hits in one inning of work. It was the first time that the Trojan pitching staff has allowed 10 or more runs in a game this season.

Little Rock (8-12, 1-2) fought off the sweep to salvage the third game of the set behind the bat of Hunter Owens – who finished two-for-five with a homerun and three RBIs. Chandler Fidel (2-2) got the nod and the win – scattering two runs on six hits and adding three strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.

“We didn’t answer the challenge to be more aggressive minded than they were,” Troy head coach Mark Smartt said. “A lot to be pleased with from this weekend, but we still have to get better. I’m proud of our team because we didn’t quit. We just didn’t cash in offensively on the chances we had.”

• Drew Frederic ripped a two-RBI single in the sixth to extend his hitting streak to double digits as the 10-game hitting streak by Trevor Davis came to an end.

• Brandon Lockridge has now reached base safely in 18 straight games – two games shy of his career-high 20-game streak.

• Troy falls to 0-8 under Mark Smartt when the opponent scores 10+ runs.

The Trojans will head back home for a mid-week battle with in-state foe Samford on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Riddle-Pace Field.

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