TROY, Ala. – The Troy University baseball team entered the Collegiate Baseball Top 30 Poll at No. 25 this week; it is Troy’s first national ranking this season and the first since 2011.
The Trojans (35-12) have won 11 of their last 12 games and own the nation’s longest home win streak with 16 straight wins at Riddle-Pace Field. Troy has won 22 of its last 27 games with four of the five losses coming by one run.
Troy is third in the country in scoring averaging 8.0 runs per game and has won 23 of its 35 games by five or more runs. Shortstop Tyler Vaughn leads the country with 61 runs scored, first baseman Trae Santos ranks fourth nationally with 14 home runs and right fielder Danny Collins checks in fourth in the NCAA with 22 doubles.
Troy’s weekend pitching rotation is a combined 21-3 with a 3.53 ERA, 190 strikeouts and just 42 walks in 194 innings of work. The Trojan bullpen has been just as strong led by Nate Hill and Thomas Austin. Hill is 3-1 with three saves, a 1.21 ERA and a .149 opponent batting average over his last 13 appearances; he has struck out 64 batters in 50 innings on the year. Austin, who is Troy’s all-time leader in appearances with 90, is 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA and four holds.
The Trojans travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a non-conference battle with Alabama on Wednesday. First pitch from Sewell-Thomas Stadium is set for 6 p.m.