TROY, Ala. – No. 25 Troy outscored Arkansas State 13-1 over the final five and a half innings, but couldn’t quite complete what would have been an epic comeback as the Red Wolves snapped Troy’s 18-game home win streak with a 15-14 win on Sunday at Riddle-Pace Field to salvage a game in the three-game Sun Belt series.
The Red Wolves built a 14-1 lead after their first four at-bats of the game before the Trojans (37-14, 18-9 Sun Belt) began their comeback on the strength of six home runs, including two by Logan Pierce.
Troy put a buzz into the Riddle-Pace Field crowd with a seven-run fourth sparked by a pair of two-run homers by Justin Hancock and Pierce and a solo shot by Danny Collins. Pierce, who was one of nine seniors playing in their final home game, closed the Troy deficit to 14-11 with a three-run home run in the fifth.
Pierce finished the game 2-for-5 with five RBIs, while Josh McDorman added three hits and two RBIs. Trae Santos had a pair of hits and two runs scored and Hancock finished with two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored.
Ryan Roberts led off the Arkansas State (25-27, 11-16) half of the sixth with a wind-aided home run that just cleared the wall in left field to push the lead out to 15-11.
Trae Santos led off the bottom of the sixth with his Sun Belt leading 15th home run of the season to get the run back and McDorman closed the gap to the final one-run margin with a two-run homer in the eighth. McDorman’s homer came after he was hit by a pitch, but was called back into the box by home plate umpire Kenneth Langford.
Kevin Fitzpatrick finished a triple shy of the cycle for the Red Wolves after going 3-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBIs, including a three-run homer. Arkansas State scored four unearned runs in a six-run third after scoring two in the first and three in the second. Ryan Emery had four hits and Collin Massanelli scored four runs.
David Owen (2-1) was credited with the win for Arkansas State despite allowing six runs on four hits in five innings of work. Ryan Sorce (6-1) was tagged with the loss for Troy after he allowed five runs on six hits in an inning and a third. Nate Hill tossed 3.2 scoreless innings with six strikeouts to keep Troy in the game.
Troy travels to UAB on Tuesday for its final non-conference game of the season before heading to Mobile for a three-game set at South Alabama beginning on Thursday. Depending on the outcome of South Alabama’s game at Louisiana-Lafayette Sunday evening, Troy will either be one or two games behind the Jaguars for first place in the league.