Trojans Softball Advance to Title Game

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MOBILE, Ala. - The Trojans continued to roll as they punched their ticket to Sun Belt title game with a 2-1 victory over North Texas at Jaguar Field Friday night.

Ashlyn Williams (21-21) went the distance for the Trojans for the 31st time this season, striking out nine putting, her season total at 398. Williams gave up just one run on three hits.

Sarah Shields led the Trojans at the plate with two base hits including an RBI double. Hayden Gann was responsible for the other Troy run with a solo home run.

"Our goal the past three weeks has been to concentrate on our offense in practice, and even though we only scored two runs today, our offense has really helped us get through these three games this week," head coach Melanie Davis said.

For the third time in as many games, the Trojans would get on the board first, this time off of a fourth inning, leadoff home run from Hayden Gann. The solo shot was the second homer of the tournament for Gann and her team-leading seventh of the season.

North Texas would even things up with a run in the fifth. With two outs, Williams struck out Lesley Hirsch, but she reached base due to a dropped third strike. No one in the field realized the pitch was dropped, and Hirsch advanced to second as the Trojans began to trot off of the field.

The next batter, the nine-hole hitter Renae Bromley, then hit an RBI single to right field plating Hirsch and tying the score at 1-1.

Troy would get the run right back in the bottom of the inning. Pinch hitter Courtney Cherry would leadoff with a double to center field. After the new runner, Marcy Sartain, was retired on a fielder's choice by Belinda White, White advanced to second on a ground out by Kala Moore. Sarah Shields would then deliver with her third RBI of the tournament, this one a double to the right center gap to give the Trojans a 2-1 lead through five.

Brittany Simmons started the game in the circle for North Texas and went four innings, giving up the home run to Gann. Kayla Lawson (8-4) threw the final two innings and was charged with the loss.

The Trojans will return to action tomorrow and look to capture their first Sun Belt Conference Tournament title in school history. The Trojans will battle Louisiana-Lafayette at 3:00 p.m. in the title game. The game will be aired live on CSS.