MOBILE, Ala. – The Troy University baseball team saw its season come to an end with a 12-0 defeat at the hands of Arkansas State on Friday at Stanky Field in the Sun Belt Conference Baseball Championships.
The Trojans finish the season 25-32. Troy defeated Arkansas State 4-3 in 13 innings on Wednesday before falling to UT Arlington 7-3 on Thursday in the double-elimination tournament. It was the 30th Sun Belt Conference Tournament game for the Trojans since joining the league in 2006 and the eighth meeting with Arkansas State in the tournament since 2010.
“I’m extremely proud of our seniors and I know they will go on to do great things,” Troy head coach Bobby Pierce said. “These guys are great Trojans. One day, they’ll look back on their time here and have a lot of good memories to share.”
Walks and errors plagued Troy in the game as the Trojans allowed six free passes and committed four errors. All four of Arkansas State’s first four runs were scored with two outs. Austin Baker got the Red Wolves on the board first with an RBI double in the third inning. Dustin Jones hit a two-run home run in the fourth to left-center to extend the lead to 3-0. Matt Burgess then ripped an RBI double in the fifth.
The Trojans threatened in the sixth when Adam Tewksbury and Clay Holcomb drew consecutive walks. However, a double play and a ground out quickly ended the inning and squashed what would be Troy’s last chance to rally.
In the bottom of the sixth, Arkansas State took advantage of three Trojan errors to score eight runs and put the game away.
Ben Tidwell made the start on the mound for the Trojans and pitched two hitless innings before giving way to the bullpen. William Shell took the loss after surrendering three runs on three hits in two innings of work. Troy used six pitchers in the game.
Jakob Nixon, Garrett Pitts and David Hall managed the only three hits of the game for the Trojans.
The loss marks the first time Troy has had the mercy-rule enforced on them since a 16-4 getaway-day loss to South Alabama in 2012.