TROY, Ala. – Troy was eliminated from the Sun Belt Conference Softball Championship as the Trojans dropped a 5-2 decision to North Texas Friday afternoon at the Troy Softball Complex.
The Mean Green (29-23) took advantage of some control issues by a pair of Trojan pitchers in the second to grab the lead for good. Following a ground out to open the frame, North Texas loaded the bases with a walk, an infield single and a hit baseman.
Brooke Foster broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run single through the left side of the infield. Jaycee Affeldt took over in the circle for Sarah Thomas and walked the next two North Texas batters to allow another run to score. Affeldt bounced back to strike out the final two batters of the frame to leave the bases full.
The Mean Green extended their lead out to 5-1 after a pair of walks and a fielder’s choice loaded the bases for Foster, who hit a sac fly to score Bryana Wade.
Troy (21-32) cut into the North Texas lead in the fourth after Keelie Housley led off the frame with her third double of the season. Taylor Smartt sacrificed her to third base and Amanda Winter brought her home with a sac bunt.
The teams traded runs in the first inning as Danni Hoff singled home Foster in the top of the inning and Caitlin Ortiz extended her on-base streak to 29 games with an RBI double in the home half of the frame. Hannah Renn scored on the Ortiz double after she reached on a fielder’s choice following a one-out single by Bailey Blake.
Troy’s Chelsea Eytel was the only player with multiple hits in the game as she finished with two hits in three at-bats.
Affeldt tied her season best with seven strikeouts as she held North Texas to just one run on two hits over the final 5.2 innings of the game. Thomas (1-5) was charged with the loss after she allowed four runs on four hits in 1.1 innings of work; she struck out one and walked two.
Brittany Simmons (9-9) picked up the win in the circle for the Mean Green after tossing her eighth complete game of the season. She scattered five hits, allowed two runs and struck out three Trojan batters.
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