*From Troy Media Relations*
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Making the first appearance of his Troy career, junior Chase Davison pitched six scoreless innings allowing just one hit and striking out four as the Trojans defeated UAB 7-2 at Regions Field on Tuesday. Adam Tewksbury turned in a breakthrough performance going 3-for-4 at the plate with a triple and three RBIs.
The win marked the first time Troy had beaten its in-state rival in Birmingham since 2010 and just the second time in 10 meetings in the Steel City since 1993. The Trojans also broke a string of six consecutive losses to the Blazers.
Davidson (1-0) was solid from the very start. After UAB's second batter of the game reached on an infield single, the Blazers would not collect another hit until the eighth inning. On just 79 pitches, Davidson kept UAB batters guessing by working both sides of the plate. Though he allowed three walks, the Blazers could only threaten once in the first seven innings. Following Ivan De Jesus' first inning single, Davidson walked the next batter on six pitches. On the next pitch, Ryan Prinzing grounded to Tyler Vaughn at shortstop, which started the 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Troy (16-13) struck in the first inning on a Matthew Howard two-out double that scored Garrett Pitts and Nick Masonia. In the second, Ali Knowles singed with one out before Tewksbury singled to right field. Knowles would later score on a wild pitch to give Troy a 3-0 lead.
The Trojans pulled away in the third courtesy of more two-out, offensive production. David Hall struck out to lead off the innings but reached base on a wild pitch. After Howard bunted Hall to second, Vaughn and Jo-El Bennett singled to plate a run. One batter later, Tewksbury smoked a 2-2 pitch down the line in left field, the ball rolled into the corner and bounced away from the UAB left fielder allowing Bennett and Vaughn to score. It was Tewksbury's first career triple. The junior would also single a run home in the seventh to cap the scoring.
The Blazers (19-10) would use six pitchers and wouldn't be able to push across a run until the eighth inning. They would tack on one more in the ninth and finish with four hits. Troy collected 13 hits in the game. Vaughn, Bennett and Knowles all finished with two hits each. Bennett extended his current hitting streak to nine games. For the fifth time in the last six contests, Clay Holcomb hit safely to start the game.
Troy will return to Riddle-Pace Field to host second-ranked UL-Lafayette in a three-game Sun Belt Conference series.