MOBILE, Ala. – With nothing but pride to play for on the final day of the 2009 regular season, the Troy Trojans jumped out to an early lead over South Alabama, coughed that lead up in one bad inning, and then stormed back to take a 12-7 victory over the Jaguars.
The Trojans (32-21, 18-10) will now prepare to host the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, where they will open play on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. against the same South Alabama (25-28, 13-16) club.
Going into Saturday’s game, Trojans coach Bobby Pierce told his team to go out and have fun in the final regular season game of the year and, with some players in the lineup who haven’t seem much playing time of late, the Trojans did just that.
“I thought those guys all did a great job today,” Pierce said. “That is why they are a part of our program. There is such a small difference between a starter and backup, and it was great to see those guys go out and take advantage of their opportunity.”
The chief contributor for the Trojans on Saturday was junior Steven Rosado. The Marietta, Ga., native opened the season as Troy’s starter in center, but had seen limited playing time since a wrist injury slowed him in early March. Against the Jags, Rosado had three hits, including a double and a homer, and drove in six runs, three times as many as he had all year.