TROY, Ala. – Troy will take its seven-game win streak on the road for a three-game Sun Belt Conference series this weekend at Louisiana-Lafayette. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
All three games will be broadcast live on the Troy IMG Sports Network with local coverage on 94.7 FM in Troy and worldwide coverage online and on smartphones at TroyTrojans.com/showcase. Fans can watch the games live via Trojans All-Access and find live stats for the games at TroyTrojans.com.
Troy (20-7, 6-3 Sun Belt) has won five straight Sun Belt Conference contests after sweeping Middle Tennessee last week and winning the final two games at ULM the week before. Troy’s seven-game overall win streak is its longest since the 2008 Trojans opened the season with seven straight victories.
Louisiana-Lafayette (20-8, 4-5) brings a streak of its own into the weekend series as the Ragin Cajuns have won nine straight home games. ULL opened its Sun Belt schedule with a sweep of ULM at home before going on the road for series at Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky; the Cajuns were swept at MTSU and dropped two-of-three at WKU.
The key to Troy’s recent success has been the work of its pitching staff as the Trojans have held their opponents to three or fewer runs in six straight games. Troy pitchers have held their opponents to a .180 batting average over that six game stretch; additionally, the Trojans have posted a 1.38 ERA and struck out 57 batters over those 52 innings of work.
Junior right-hander Tanner Hicks (3-1, 3.76) will get the call on the mound for the Trojans in the opener. Hicks struck out six and did not allow an earned run in 5.1 innings last week against the Blue Raiders.
Will Starling (4-2, 4.96), who is coming off his best outing of the season, will start for the Trojans on Saturday. The junior right-hander limited Middle Tennessee to just three hits over seven scoreless innings; he struck out a career-high eight batters.
Junior southpaw Shane McCain (5-0, 3.46) is scheduled to make the start in the finale for Troy. McCain struck out a career-high nine over seven innings in a victory over Middle Tennessee. McCain has struck out 43 batters over 39 innings of work this season.
Anchored by Nate Hill and Matthew Howard, the Troy bullpen has been solid all season. Howard enters the weekend with five saves to his credit and has not allowed a run in 11 of hits 13 appearances on the mound. Hill ranks sixth in the NCAA averaging 12.21 strikeouts per nine innings and comes into the series with three holds and a save.
Senior Logan Pierce has taken over the batting average lead for the Trojans as he enters the series with the Ragin Cajuns batting at a .411 clip. Trae Santos slugged his Sun Belt leading fourth triple of the year against Alabama State on Tuesday while Danny Collins leads the Sun Belt in slugging percentage and Tyler Vaughn leads the league in runs scored.
Louisiana-Lafayette ranks second in the Sun Belt batting at a .306 clip as a team (behind Troy’s .310 mark). ULL ranks fourth in the league with 58 doubles, second with nine triples and third with 24 homers.
Junior southpaw Ryan Wilson (2-1, 2.43) will start the opener for ULL, while sophomore right-hander Austin Robichaux (3-2, 3.10) will get the call on Saturday and junior lefty Cody Boutte (5-1, 4.87) will go on Sunday.