Trojans roll past Owls

KENNESAW, Ga. – The Troy Trojans went on the road for their final non-conference game of the year hoping to give several members of the pitching staff some work.

A nine-run outburst in the third inning made that possible as the Trojans defeated Kennesaw State 19-6 at Stillwell Stadium on the KSU campus.

Troy improved to 30-22 on the year and the Trojans have won 12 of their last 15 games overall. Kennesaw State falls to 21-31 on the year. The Trojans also improved their all-time record against the Owls to 22-1.

While seven members of the Troy staff got in some work, the Trojans battered six Kennesaw State pitchers to the tune of 18 hits. The Owls helped out by walking 10 and throwing five wild pitches.

The offensive onslaught began in the second inning with some solid base-running. Junior Todd McRae reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error. After moving up to third on a ground ball, he scored on a wild pitch.

J.R. Myers followed by reaching on a walk and then moved to third on a single by Shohei Fujita. The Trojans then attempted a double-steal, with Fujita breaking from first. As soon as the throw went through to second, Myers broke for the plate and scored without a play as Fujita returned safely to first.

Troy then blew the game open in the third inning, scoring nine times on seven hits, including a solo homer by Adam Bryant and a three-run shot by Steven Felix.

The teams traded single runs through the middle innings before Troy had another big offensive frame in the eighth, scoring six more runs. Felix had his second homer of the game, a two-run shot, and Chase Whitley following with a solo bomb.

Freshman right-hander Cass Abercrombie (2-0) was the ultimate beneficiary of the Troy offense. He started and worked a solid three innings, allowing just two hits on 34 pitches to earn the victory. He was followed on the mound by A.J. Howard, Tim Wheeler, Jordan Mathers, Robby Loew, Thomas Austin and Whitley, all with an inning of work each.

KSU starter Jeff Brown (0-2) took the loss, allowing eight runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings of work.

The leading hitters in the game for Troy were Fujita and Daniel Peterson at the bottom of the order. Both had four hits in the game, both scored twice and they combined to drive in five runs. Felix and Whitley had two hits each as well for the Trojans, who had 18 hits in the game.

Peyton Hart and Brandon Brown had two hits each for the Owls.

Troy will close out the regular season this weekend at South Alabama. The Trojans and Jaguars will square off on Thursday night at 6 p.m. to open the series, with game two set for Friday at 6 p.m. and the series finale scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m.