Trojans Open New Facility With a Tie Against Auburn

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*Courtesy Troy Media Relations

TROY, Ala. – The weather was the story on Thursday night, as Troy softball (0-0-1) tied Auburn (0-0-1), 5-5, at the newly renovate Troy Softball Complex. Heavy rain came in during the top of the sixth inning forcing the game to end in a tie.

"As the old guys used to say, it's like kissing your sister," said head coach Melanie Davis. "It's very disappointing for us, you never want a game to end in a tie. I'm very pleased with some of the positives. I thought we had Auburn on the ropes if we could've pushed a little harder."

The Trojans did their damage in the bottom of the first, as Michelle Phelps blasted a grand slam in her first career at-bat. Erica Davis picked up a two-out double to get the inning started. The next batter, Ashley Rainey, was hit by a pitch followed by a walk to Becca Hartley to load the bases.

Troy added another run on a solo shot by Alison Milam in the second inning.

Auburn picked up four runs in the top of the sixth inning, including a 3-run home run by McKenzie Kilpatrick.

The Tigers got the scoring started in the top half of the first inning. Jaycee Affeldt settled down, after a hit and a walk to start the game, to record 15 consecutive outs before coming out in the sixth.

Next up for the Trojans is the 2014 Troy Subway Invitational. The tournament begins on Friday at 9:30 a.m. and continues throughout the weekend at the Troy Softball Complex and the Troy SportsPlex. Troy's first game comes on Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. against Northwestern State.