Tallahassee, Fla. – The Troy University baseball team started hot and finished strong against a pesky Florida A&M squad in a 7-6 win at Moore-Kittles Field on Tuesday.
Freshman Jesse Nelson (1-0), making his first career start, earned his first career win striking out six batters while allowing one run on four hits in five innings of work. Freshman Marc Skinner pitched a flawless ninth to pick up his second save of the year.
Troy's offense exploded early as, just four pitches into the game, Trevin Hall launched a three-run home run to left field off FAMU starter William Carrasco (0-1). Four batters later, Matthew Howard plated two more runs with a one-out double. With Hall's long ball, the Trojans have now hit a home run in seven of nine games this season.
After Howard walked with two outs in the third, Tyler Vaughn laced a double to add another run. David Hall would cap the Trojans' scoring in the fourth with an RBI fielder's choice to score Garrett Pitts.
The Rattlers (3-5) chipped away at the Troy lead scoring single runs in the fourth and sixth before using a pair of Trojan errors to plate four runs in the seventh.
Six Troy pitchers would see action including William Shell, who continues to be solid out of Troy's bullpen. Shell tossed a perfect eighth inning to set up Skinner in the ninth.
Trevin Hall, Howard, Vaughn and Clay Holcomb all finished with two hits each. Jo-El Bennett and Nick Masonia also chipped in with hits.
Troy (6-3) will again take to the road as they face Southern Mississippi beginning on Friday, Feb. 28, with a 6 p.m. first pitch.