TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama snapped No. 25 Troy’s four-game win streak with an 11-2 victory Wednesday night in non-conference action at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
Alabama (29-21) scored 11 unanswered runs after Troy took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI double by Trae Santos. The Crimson Tide capped their victory with a six-run eighth inning; Alabama scored all six runs in the frame with two outs and eight of their 11 runs in the game with two outs.
The nine-run defeat was Troy’s first loss that hadn’t come by one or two runs since April 6 and just the second loss of more than two runs since March 12.
Tyler Vaughn led Troy (35-13) with three hits and a run scored from the leadoff spot while Jake Harrell was 2-for-3 with a double after coming off the bench. The Trojans managed 10 hits in the game, but grounded into a couple of double plays and left five runners on base.
Kenny Roberts, who finished 3-for-5, gave Alabama a 2-1 lead after he led off the third with a homer to left. The Crimson Tide would add another run in the inning on a double by Kyle Overstreet. Roberts added an RBI single in the fourth and Andrew Miller tacked on a run in the fifth.
The Trojans had chances in both the fourth and fifth innings with two runners on and no outs and one out, respectively, but in both instances Alabama starter Taylor Guilbeau was able to wiggle out of trouble. Guilbeau (3-2) scattered seven hits over five innings to pick up the win.
It appeared that Troy would get out of the eighth inning trailing by just four, but a couple of extremely close pitches from Nate Hill were called balls to Georgie Salem to prolong the inning. Ben Moore, who had three of Alabama’s 13 hits, smacked a three-run double, Austen Smith added a run-scoring double and Brett Booth, who had grounded into three double plays, hit a two-run homer to cap the Alabama scoring.
Matthew Howard plated Troy’s only other run of the game with a two-out homer – his second of the year – in the ninth.
Thomas Austin (2-1) was charged with the loss for the Trojans after he allowed three runs on four hits in 3.2 innings of work. The senior came into the game with the bases loaded and just one out in the bottom of the first and got Booth to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the frame.
The Trojans return home on Friday when they play host to Arkansas State in game one of a three-game Sun Belt Conference series. Troy has won 16 straight games at Riddle-Pace Field, which is the nation’s longest home winning streak.