TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Troy softball team rallied from a two-run deficit by scoring five runs in the seventh inning to knock off No. 25 Florida State 6-3 on Friday at JoAnne Graf Field.
In the seventh inning, Troy (7-8) took advantage of three walks and two extra-base hits to comeback against the Seminoles. Hannah Renn’s double to right field wall tied the game at 3-3, allowing Bailey Blake and Chandler Griffin to score. Two batters later, Amanda Winters delivered the go-ahead runs with a RBI single up the middle to plate Kacie McAllister and Renn.
First baseman Caitlin Ortiz gave the Trojans an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, as the senior recorded her first career home run with an opposite field blast to right field.
Making her first career start, Troy pitcher Michaela Hamilton slowed the FSU bat’s down in her first two innings of work, but the Seminoles (10-8) answered back in the bottom of
the third as Celeste Gomez’s two-RBI double put Florida State in front 2-1. Maddie O’Brien added to the Seminoles’ lead in the bottom of the fifth with a base hit that scored one run and extended FSU’s lead to 3-1.
Hamilton tossed a career-high four innings picking up a no decision, as the senior allowed eight hits, three runs and one walk. Jaycee Affeldt (4-1) picked up the win in relief, throwing the final three innings allowing just one hit and no runs.
FSU pitcher Monica Perry (6-5) took the loss after throwing 6.2 innings, allowing six runs and six hits, while striking out seven and walking three.
Troy scattered six hits against the Seminoles, Ortiz led the Trojans offensively as the senior was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI, while Renn finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Winters finished 1-for-4 with a two-RBI single to center. Taylor Smartt reached base on error in the second inning to extend her streak to 16 consecutive games reaching base, the second-longest streak by a Trojan in the last five seasons.
In Friday’s first game at the Renegade Classic, Appalachian State’s (2-4) four-run fifth inning pushed the Mountaineers passed the Trojans 5-2.
The Trojans picked up just three hits, as Appalachian State pitcher Alissa Schoelkopf had a no-hit bid going into the fifth inning. Troy catcher Brittany Russ hit her second home run of the year to break up the no-hitter with a deep solo home run to dead center field and tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the fifth.
In her first win of the season, Schoelkpof picked the complete-game win, allowing two runs, while striking out nine and walking five.
The Mountaineers picked up five of their nine hits in the bottom of the fifth, as Ashley Seering’s pinch-hit double to the right center gap scored one to give the Mountaineers a 2-1 lead. Appalachian State added three more runs on RBI singles by Sarah Warnock and Meghan Smith to extend its lead to 5-1.
Rachel Rigney (3-3) took the loss by tossing five innings, allowing eight hits and five runs, while striking out two and walking two.
Troy continues play at the Renegade Classic tomorrow at 9 a.m. and wraps up pool play against Southern Miss at JoAnne Graf Field.
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