ATHENS, Georgia – Troy baseball begins play in the Athens Regional against Duke Friday at Foley Field; first pitch is set for 1 p.m. (CT) and will be broadcast on ESPN3.
The Trojans’ (41-19) are making their seventh appearance in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship and the first since 2013 when they advanced all the way to the regional final in Tallahassee.
Troy – whose resume included a 40-win season and a top 40 ranking in the RPI – received an at-large bid to the tournament Monday morning. The Blue Devils (40-15) of the ACC also picked up an at-large bid after finishing second in the Coastal Division and winning 40 games for the first time in school history.
After running right through the winner's bracket of the Sun Belt tournament, the Trojans had a disappointing finish in the championship game. Prior to that game, the pitching staff had allowed just two runs on 12 hits over 26 innings of work in the tournament.
Getting the nod in game one is senior righty Andrew Crane (7-4, 2.82). Crane dominated Louisiana in the second round of the conference tournament last week, fanning 10 batters and allowing just one run on four hits over eight innings of work.
Sun Belt Player of the Year and All-American Joey Denison will aim to lead Troy to more success this weekend. The Trojans’ offensive attack has averaged over seven runs per game this year, thanks to Denison’s school record 74 RBI and Matt Sanders’s record 85 runs scored.
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Live Stats: TroyStats.com
Duke (40-15, 18-11 ACC)
Overall Series: 0-0
Last: Never met
Pitching Matchups – (Troy v. Duke)
RHP Andrew Crane (7-4, 2.82) v. RHP Ryan Day (5-3, 4.69)