From Troy Media Relations:
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama rallied from an early deficit with a pair of two-out rallies before pulling away late in a 10-5 victory over Troy Tuesday evening at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The teams split the season series after the Trojans defeated the Crimson Tide 9-0 earlier in the season in Troy.
Alabama used a four-run second inning – all with two outs – to take the lead for good. Brett Booth led off the frame with a double and A.J. Cole reached on a one-out walk. Tyler Dugas, Jared Reaves and Ben Moore followed the second out of the inning with three consecutive singles for the four runs.
Austin Smith continued the two-out magic for the Crimson Tide in the fourth with his third home run of the season after Moore kept the inning alive with a two-out walk.
The Trojans got after Crimson Tide starter Taylor Guilbeau early thanks to some big hits and a couple of defensive miscues. Tyler Vaughn reached on a one-out walk and Logan Pierce got aboard on a booted ball by Reaves at short.
A passed ball moved both runners up a base for Boone Shear who drove them in with a double to left field to increase his team-leading RBI total to 54 on the season. Following the second out of the inning, Jakob Nixon punched a single back up the middle to score Shear and give Troy a 3-0 lead.
Alabama got into the Troy bullpen in the sixth inning scoring four runs with just two hits in the inning. Cameron Carlisle drew a bases loaded walk, Booth drove in a run with a fielder’s choice and James Tullidge had a two-run single.
Vaughn plated the Trojans first run since the opening frame with a single over the head of a diving Cole at second base to score Tyler Hannah after he doubled with two outs in the seventh. Hannah added an RBI single in the ninth following back-to-back singles by Chase Mathis and Clay Holcomb to open the frame.
Guilbeau (4-2) earned the win for Alabama after tossing three innings to open the game. He allowed three runs – one earned – on three hits; Guilbeau struck out three and walked two.
Jeremy McGowan (0-2) suffered the loss for the Trojans after he allowed four runs – three earned – on six hits in two innings. Jimmy Hodgskin made his first appearance for the Trojans since March 31 and was solid over 3.1 innings of work. The sophomore southpaw allowed three hits and threw 47 pitches.
A.J. Howard closed out the game for the Trojans holding the Tide to just one hit over the final 2.2 innings of the game; he struck out a pair and walked one.
The Trojans wrap up the regular season with a three-game series against South Alabama beginning Thursday at Riddle-Pace Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.