TROY, Ala. – A career-high 11 strikeouts by Jaycee Affeldt helped propel the Trojans (19-27-2) past Florida A&M (16-25), 4-0, on Tuesday afternoon at the Troy Softball Complex.
"Jaycee has been throwing really well for us," said head coach Melanie Davis. "We're thrilled with the way she came out. Florida A&M always has a well coached team and always has good speed, so we prepared our team to defend well and Jaycee stepped up."
Affeldt was tremendous in the circle, picking up double-digit strikeouts for the second time in her career. She allowed just four hits on the day, her eighth consecutive start giving up five hits or fewer.
The Trojan bats came alive in the fifth. Michelle Phelps picked up a single to start things off and was pinch-run for by Bria Epps. Chelsea Eytel then reached on an error, advancing Epps to third. Epps would later come home on a double-steal. Next up, Heather Johnston crushed her third home run of the season, giving Troy a 2-0 advantage.
Troy picked up some insurance in the bottom of the sixth, with Meg Willis hitting a two-RBI single up the middle, plating Leah Brundidge and Ebony Wright.
Chandler Griffin had the highlight play of the day, taking away a single in the top of the seventh. Griffin had to cover a lot of ground to make a diving play on the ball up the middle and then flipped it to Becca Hartley, who was covering second, to get the out.
The Trojans host Texas State this weekend for their final home games of the season. Troy will be dedicating its new practice facility, the Dodds Center, at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday. Troy will also be celebrating senior day on Sunday prior to the series finale at 11 a.m.