AUBURN, Alabama – No. 26 Auburn scored in the bottom of the eighth inning to secure a 6-5 victory over Troy to hand the Trojans their first loss of the 2018 campaign Wednesday evening at Plainsman Park.
Troy (4-1) was locked in a back-and-forth battle with Auburn (5-0) before the Tigers were able to score late and seal the victory.
Auburn struck first with three unearned runs in the fourth inning, but the Trojans responded with four runs of their own in the fifth.
Brody Binder added to his already impressive RBI total with two runs driven in on a two-out, bases-loaded single. Drew Frederic doubled soon after Binder’s two-RBI single to drive him in and cap off the Trojans’ seventh inning of four or more runs in 2018.
The Trojans were led offensively by Brandon Lockridge, who finished 3-for-4 on the night – he was the lone multi-hit batter for Troy.
Corey Childress (0-1) was saddled with the loss, despite allowing only a run on three hits in three innings of relief work.
The Tigers came away the victory in their last at-bat for the second night in a row – walked off Georgia State Tuesday. Brenden Venter led the squad with a 3-for-4 day at the plate. Calvin Coker (1-0) earned the win on the mound after throwing 3.1 innings of one-hit, one-run work.
Quotable – Troy head coach Mark Smartt
“A lot of good things tonight. We didn’t execute very well, though. We gave them opportunities to score and we need to clean that up. The first five runs they had, we gave them those off our mistakes. I’m pleased with the effort and the intent. It was the first time on the road with this team, we came to win and we played like we wanted to win – we just couldn’t execute.”
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Troy scored four runs in the top of the fifth for its seventh inning of four-plus runs in only five games this season.
• With a single in the second, Mason Rogers extended his career-long and team-best 14-game reached base streak.
• Matt Sanders extended his career-long hitting streak to 13 games dating back to last season – coming into the game, Sanders was tied for the national-lead in hits.
• Brody Binder drove in two runs on a bases-loaded, two-out single in the top of the fifth inning for second multi-RBI game of the season – sixth of his career.
• Drew Frederic doubled as a part of the big fifth inning for his team-leading third double of the year – the sophomore recorded only three doubles in 2017.
• Troy fell to 13-12 under Mark Smartt in midweek games and to 4-10 against ranked teams.