TROY, AL. - The Troy University softball team returns to the friendly confines of the Troy Softball Complex on Tuesday afternoon looking to end their longest losing streak of the season. The Trojans, in the midst of a four-game losing streak, take on Florida A&M University in a doubleheader beginning at 2 pm.
TROY (19-15, 1-5 Sun Belt) has not won since winning the first game of a doubleheader against Kennesaw State last Tuesday afternoon. They have also dropped eight of their 10 last games heading into the contests on Tuesday afternoon.
However, all is not lost, as the Trojans will play just one non-conference game over the next two weeks, as they will hit the ground running in conference play with series against FIU and WKU; plus a mid-week contest on the road against South Alabama. All of those games are against teams that are above the Trojans in the standings in the Sun Belt Conference, which is where the team will be looking to make up ground.
However, first things first, as the Trojans take on a dangerous and unpredictable Florida A&M team with four hitters over the .300 mark; including three over the .340 mark on the season. As a team, the Rattlers are not known for their power this season, as the team leaders are each tied with four, but they are known for their speed on the basepaths.
TROY will counter with a line-up that will be looking to break out and get back to early season form in which they were scoring double digit runs each game. The Trojans are led by Nikki Hollett (Melbourne, Australia/Wesley College) with a .403 batting average, 16 home runs and 43 runs batted in - all totals near the top of the Sun Belt Conference and the NCAA this season.
Meanwhile, junior Hayden Gann (Hoover, Ala./Hoover HS), hitting behind Hollett in the lineup, is hitting .373 with seven home runs and 27 runs batted in. Junior Michelle Hewett (Alford, Fla./Chipola JC) sets the table for the Trojans as she hits .347 with four home runs and 18 runs batted in from the lead-off spot, while junior Sarah Harris (Surrey, BC, Canada/Semiahoo Secondary) returned from missing 23 games with a concussion to hit a home run in her first at-bat against Louisiana-Lafayette.
On the mound, senior Ashlyn Williams (Hattiesburg, Miss./Lake Central HS) will look to get back on track this week as she struggled last weekend. The senior is 8-9 with a 2.65 earned run average in 105 2/3 innings pitched. She has struck out a conference-leading 148 batters. Junior Morgan Grove (Tampa, Fla./Tallahassee CC) will look to regain her early season form, coming in with a record of 6-3 and a 3.00 earned run average.
Live stats and video will be provided for both games by the Troy University Athletics Media Relations Office.