*Courtesy Troy Media Relations*
TROY, Ala. – Senior Garrett Pitts delivered a two-out, RBI single in the seventh inning to give the Troy baseball team the lead and ultimately a 3-2 win as well as the series win over New Orleans on Sunday at Riddle-Pace Field.
The hit was the only one on the day for Pitts, but not only did it propel Troy to the win, it also extended the second baseman's hitting streak to 10 games. Pitts has reached base in all 16 games this season.
The Trojans (9-7) took an early lead as Trevin Hall launched a 3-1 pitch over the fence in left field for his fourth home run of the season. Three of Hall's four homers have come in the first inning this season. As a team, Troy has hit 17 home runs in 16 games.
Ben Tidwell, making his first career start, pitched 5 2/3 innings allowing two runs on four hits. The junior southpaw struck out two while walking just one. Tidwell's longest appearance prior to Sunday' start was March 2, when he pitched five innings in relief against Southern Miss.
New Orleans (4-9) tied the game on a wild pitch in the sixth and took the lead one batter later on a Nick Morgan single to center field. William Shell (1-1) entered the game in the seventh and pitched three perfect innings, striking out three, to earn the win.
In the decisive seventh, Clay Holcomb doubled to lead off the inning. Peyton Fuller bunted him to third before Justin Hancock hit a laser past the UNO third baseman and into left field to tie the game, 2-2. Jakob Nixon entered the game to run for Hancock and advanced to second after Ali Knowles was hit by a pitch. Pitts then delivered the clutch hit to propel the Trojans to the win.
David Hall finished the game 2-for-3 with a double. Hancock was also 2-for-3 in the game.
The Trojans have now earned a series win or tie in 15 of its last 16 non-conference series at Riddle-Pace Field dating back to 2007.
Troy will travel to Montgomery to face Alabama State on Tuesday; first pitch is set for 6 p.m.. The Trojans will then head to Mobile to open Sun Belt Conference play against South Alabama over the weekend.