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Troy Baseball takes series finale from Georgia State

Troy scored eight runs in the fifth to overcome an early deficit in a 13-9 win over Georgia State.
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Troy University baseball team scored eight runs in the fifth inning to overcome an early deficit en route to a 13-9 win over Georgia State at the GSU Baseball Complex.

Trailing 8-2 in the fifth, the Trojans used seven hits to push across eight runs. Clay Holcomb led off the inning with a triple, his second of the season. Two pitches later, Garrett Pitts would drive him home with a single. With the bases loaded later in the frame, Matthew Howard hit a slow roller to the left side of the infield that he was able to beat out for an RBI single. After a Tyler Vaughn sacrifice fly plated another run, Ali Knowles singled home two more. Holcomb picked up his second hit of the inning – an RBI infield single. With two outs, Pitts doubled down the left field line, his second hit of the frame as well, to score Holcomb and Knowles and give Troy the lead, 10-8.

Troy (15-13, 4-4 SBC) would add a run in the sixth on Vaughn’s RBI single and two more in the eighth on base hits by Bennett and Knowles.

Pitts would finish the game 4-for-5 with four RBIs while Holcomb, who stretched his hitting streak to six games, and David Hall had three hits each. Bennett was 1-for-4 on the day but extended his hitting streak to eight games. As a team, Troy would pound out 18 hits, setting a new season high.

Jeremy McGowan (2-2) entered the game in the fourth and pitched 5 1/3 innings to earn the win. He allowed one run on four hits walking three and striking out two.

Georgia State (14-15, 3-6) would use six pitching in the losing effort. Tyler McClure (2-3) took the loss after recording two outs in the fifth.

The Trojans struck first in the opening frame with a sacrifice fly by David Hall to score Pitts. Georgia State responded in the second with a pair of runs off three hits off Troy starter Ben Tidwell. Things seemed to get away from Troy in the fourth when the Panthers scored six runs on the back of seven hits including a three-run home run by Chase Raffield.

Troy would hold GSU slugger Nic Wilson, who entered the weekend tied for the NCAA lead with 12 home runs, to just two singles and a double in the series. Wilson, who is second nationally in RBIs, would also fail to drive in a run in the three games.

The win snaps Troy’s three-game skid. The Trojans will travel to Birmingham to face UAB at Regions Field. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
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