TROY, Ala. – Troy hit three home runs and William Teal picked up his first win in almost two years as the Trojans defeated Alabama A&M 13-1 Tuesday night in non-conference action at Riddle-Pace Field.
The Trojans (25-11) jumped on the Bulldogs early with five runs in the first inning thanks to five straight hits, including a pair of homers.
Logan Pierce opened the scoring with his fourth home run of the season; Pierce extended his streak of reaching base safely to 41 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NCAA. The senior third baseman finished the game 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.
Danny Collins and Trae Santos followed with back-to-back singles and Matthew Howard drove home Collins with a single to left, the first of his three RBIs in the game. Santos and Howard both had three hits, while Collins finished with a pair of hits.
Josh McDorman capped the scoring in the first with a three-run home run to center field. It was his fourth of the season and third in the past five games; McDorman, who was 2-for-4, has now hit safely in seven straight games.
Teal (1-0) took over for starter Will Starling in the third inning and allowed just one hit over 2.1 innings of work. Teal, who won for the first time since May 17, 2011, struck out three and did not walk a batter.
After the Bulldogs (3-32) scored their only run of the game on an Austin Hulsey double in the third, Santos led off the bottom of the third with his 10th home run of the season and his eighth in the past 19 games.
Tyler Vaughn led off the fourth with a double and scored two batters later when Collins drove his 15th double of the season into the gap in right-center field. Howard followed two batters later with an RBI single to left.
After three straight scoreless innings, the Troy bats came alive again in the eighth. Howard drove in Pierce with a double to right after a two-out single by Santos. McDorman was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Jakob Nixon walked for the second run of the frame. Jo-El Bennett then cleared the bases with his second triple of the season.
Thomas Austin, Robert Price and Jeremy McGowan closed out the game on the mound for the Trojans without allowing a run.
Walton Ashwander (0-3) took the loss for the Bulldogs after he allowed right runs on 10 hits in four innings of work.
The teams will play again on Wednesday with first pitch slated for 6 p.m.
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