JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – For the third time in five games, the Troy University baseball team played to extra innings falling to Jacksonville State 2-1 in 10 innings at Rudy Abbott Field on Wednesday.
The Trojans were out-hit 12-6 but were able to created opportunities as the leadoff batter reached in six consecutive innings starting in the fifth. Troy (20-22) got on the board first in the third inning when Peyton Fuller hit a ground ball to second base scoring Clay Holcomb, who started the frame with a single.
Jacksonville State (22-17) was able to load the bases with two outs in the fourth but Troy starter Levi Tate struck out Chase Silvani to end the threat. Tate would pitch six innings in his first start of the season; he allowed one run on seven hits and struck out five.
Joe McGuire tied the game in the sixth for JSU with a two-out RBI single. Stephen Bartlett doubled with one out marking the first time in the game that the Gamecocks were able to produce a base runner with less that two outs.
Jo-El Bennett walked to start the seventh but was picked off with a full count on Clay Holcomb, who also walked one pitch later. Following a strikeout, Holcomb stole second, his 18th swiped base of the year, but was called out to end the inning when Fuller hit a ground ball that struck him in the foot.
The Gamecocks had a scoring opportunity thwarted in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, Gavin Golsan singled and stole second before Marc Skinner was able to pick up a strikeout. Griff Gordon then bounded a ball to second base where the ball deflected off Jakob Nixon's leg and rolled to Fuller at short. Golasn rounded third and speed towards home, but a strong throw from Fuller got the out.
In the ninth, Nick Masonia walked to start the frame. Bennett was able to get down the sacrifice bunt but a poor throw from JSU pitcher Travis Stout rolled into foul territory in short right field. Gordon was able to race in and field the ball in time to make an accurate throw to the plate to get Masonia.
Gordon singled to lead off the tenth, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt then took third on a wild pitch. After an intentional walk, McGuire laced a 1-2 pitch to left field to plate the winning run.
Troy would strand 10 runners and strike out 12 times in the game. It was the fifth extra-inning game of the year for the Trojans, who fall to 1-4 in extras on the year.
Nixon and Holcomb finished the game with two hits each. Jeremy McGowan (3-5) was saddled with the loss; he finished the game with three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings of relief.
With the loss Jacksonville State, who won 7-3 at Riddle-Pace Field earlier this season, sweeps the season series. It marks the first time Troy has been swept by the Gamecocks since 1993.
The Trojans will return home to face Sun Belt Conference foe UT Arlington over the weekend.