Troy's Felix earns 2nd SBC weekly honor

TROY, AL - Senior outfielder Steven Felix will carry the momentum of earning his second Sun Belt Player of the Week honor into play Tuesday when the Trojans travel to face Kennesaw State.

The game will be broadcast by the Troy/ISP Sports Network (WTBF-FM 94.7 locally) with Barry McKnight and Ricky Hazel on the broadcast.

The game will not be available online through the Trojan Game Pass.

Felix posted a .462 average last week in helping the Trojans to a 3-1 record, including a fourth straight SBC series victory. He scored at least one run in every game, had at least one hit and drove in at least one run in three games, and, in the final game of the week, he was hit by pitches three times, increasing his Troy season and career records in that category to 22 and 39.

Felix had a two-out triple on Friday to drive in the first run of the game against ASU's Andy Ferguson. On Saturday, in the first game against ASU, he opened with two singles to score a run and drive in another, was then hit by a pitch, one of five on the week, before hitting a game-clinching grand slam in the seventh inning. The home run pushed Felix past 100 RBI in his career. He is hitting .314 on the season with career-highs in both homers (12) and RBI (38) and he is tied for third in the league with a .474 on-base percentage.

Felix joined Western Kentucky's Matt Ridings, who was named the league's pitcher of the week, also for the second time this year.

Felix and the The Trojans will play their final non-conference game of the 2010 season against the Owls in an attempt to sweep the season series. Troy defeated KSU last week 10-8 at Riddle-Pace Field behind a late home run from junior Adam Bryant.

The Owls dropped two games to South Carolina-Upstate over the weekend to virtually eliminate them from contention from the A-Sun Tournament. KSU will close the season this weekend at home against East Tennessee State. Freshman Ronnie Freeman continues to lead KSU with a .360 average with nine homers and 45 RBI this year.

Freshman right-hander Cass Abercrombie (1-0, 9.69) will make his second start of the season in the game against the Owls. His only other start came against Brown on March 28 when he worked just two innings, allowing two runs with three walks. His last relief outing came on May 5 against JSU when he allowed five ER on four hits in 1/3 of an inning.

Kennesaw State will counter with junior right-hander Jeff Brown. The Brunswick, Ga., native has an 0-1 record on the year with a 6.37 ERA.

Both teams are expected to use a number of pitchers in the game.

Troy will be looking to continue its mastery of Kennesaw State. The Trojans have had their way over the years with the Owls, with the only Troy loss coming on a walk-off homer in the 12th inning of a 2007 game at Kennesaw that ended 1-0.

Before that loss the Trojans won 14 straight against the Owls and, since that loss, Troy has a seven game win streak. Overall, the teams have met 17 times in Troy, with the Trojans winning all 17 by an average margin of 8.8-2.9.

Overall, the Troy baseball program has had great success against teams from Georgia. The Trojans are 165-65-1 (.713) all-time against 18 different baseball teams from Georgia.

The Trojans will close the regular season this weekend, beginning on Thursday night, in Mobile against South Alabama. The Jaguars, who do not have a mid-week game scheduled, have dropped five of their last six Sun Belt games and have slipped into a tie for fourth place in the league race, just two games in front of Troy.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Troy University Athletics