TROY, Ala. – Troy used a pair of six-run innings and four scoreless frames from its bullpen to defeat Florida A&M 12-2 in seven innings on Sunday at Riddle-Pace Field and complete a four-game sweep on the opening weekend of the 2013 season.
Tyler Vaughn set the tone for the ball game as he led off the Troy first with a double down the line in left field. The Trojans sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six runs on six hits off Rattlers’ starter Kelvin Singletary in the opening frame.
A walk to Ali Knowles and an infield single by Logan Pierce loaded the bases for Danny Collins, who put the Trojans on the board with a sharp infield single.
Collins finished the weekend batting at a .571 clip (8-for-14) with nine runs scored, two doubles, two triples, a home run, nine RBIs, a 1.214 slugging percentage and a .667 on-base percentage. Collins hit for the cycle in game two of the series and also stole a base.
Trae Santos, who drove in two runs in the game and nine on the weekend, plated Knowles with a sacrifice fly and David Hall followed with a single to center field to score Pierce. Following a strikeout, Justin Hancock lined a double down the line in left field to score two more runs and Garrett Pitts capped the six-run frame with a single to left.
The Trojans had four extra-base hits in the game and finished the four-game set with 21 extra-base hits, including 12 doubles. Troy entered the season with the fourth most doubles in the NCAA over the past two years.
Troy hit .375 as a team over the four-game series and posted a .641 slugging percentage and .478 on-base percentage. Knowles finished the weekend batting at a .545 clip with four stolen bases, while Hancock hit .444 with a pair of doubles and Hall batted .417 with two doubles.
The Rattlers (0-4) scored their only runs of the ball game on back-to-back two-out base hits by Scott Sheplak and Marlon Gibbs in the top of the second inning.
Following a pair of scoreless frames, the Trojans got the bats working again in the fourth inning as they once again sent 10 men to the plate.
A passed ball on a strikeout allowed the first run of the inning to score and then Santos drew a bases loaded walk to bring home the second run of the frame. Hall followed with a ringing double down the line in left field to score a pair of Trojans and Hancock brought home the fifth run of the inning with a sac fly. The Florida A&M defense faltered again as a fielding error allowed Hall to score from third.
Ryan Brady (1-0) picked up the win for Troy as he pitched a scheduled three innings to start the game. The senior allowed a pair of runs on three hits, while striking out and walking a pair. Cass Abercrombie, Levi Tate, Matthew Howard and Nate Hill all tossed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.
Singletary (0-1) was charged with the loss after he allowed eight runs – seven earned – on seven hits in three innings of work.
The Trojans hit the road next weekend for three games in Orlando, Fla., in the Wawa Weekend Classic hosted by Central Florida. Troy will play Texas Tech on Friday at noon, Connecticut on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Central Florida on Sunday at 3 p.m.
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