TROY, Ala. – The Troy University baseball team will open a five-game homestand Tuesday night when the Trojans play host to Auburn at Riddle-Pace Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the only meeting between the two schools this year.
The game will be broadcast live on the Troy IMG Sports Network with local coverage on 94.7 FM in Troy and worldwide coverage online and on smartphones at TroyTrojans.com/showcase. Fans can watch the game live via Trojans All-Access and find live stats for the games at TroyTrojans.com
The Trojans (15-7) are coming off a Sun Belt Conference series victory at ULM over the weekend. After falling in the series opener, Troy outscored ULM 20-6 over the final two games of the series. Junior second baseman Garrett Pitts hit .545 (6-for-11) with a pair of doubles and three RBIs in the series while junior first baseman Trae Santos hit .455 (5-for-11) and homered for the third time in five games.
Troy hit .330 as a team in the series and held ULM to just a .220 batting average; even more remarkable was the fact that Trojans hitters only struck out six times in the series compared to 27 by the Warhawks.
Danny Collins continues to lead the Trojans offensively as he enters the week batting at a .420 clip with 10 doubles, five home runs and 34 RBIs. Logan Pierce has reached base safely in 27 straight games dating back to last season and is batting .404 on the season, while Troy’s leadoff hitter Tyler Vaughn is batting at a .407 clip on the year.
Senior southpaw Ryan Sorce (1-0, 3.68) will get the start on the mound for the Trojans. Sorce, who has appeared in five games out of the bullpen this season, will be making his first start since June 5, 2011, in the NCAA Regional against Belmont; he missed all of last season with an arm injury.
Auburn enters the mid-week contest after being swept by No. 3 LSU over the weekend; however the Tigers (15-9) have posted a 15-3 mark in non-conference games this season.
The Tigers will send freshman right-hander Trey Wingenter (1-0, 1.50) to the mound for his first collegiate start. Wingenter has tossed six innings on the season with five coming last week against Alabama State in a relief role.
Blake Austin and Garrett Cooper lead Auburn with a .323 batting average while Ryan Tella has driven in a team-leading 23 runs. The Tigers enter the non-conference tilt batting .269 as a team with a staff ERA of 3.68.