Troy softball faces South Alabama in mid-week game
April 6, 2011 at 10:04 PM CDT - Updated June 15 at 7:55 AM
TROY, AL– The Troy University softball team hits the road for their seventh consecutive conference game, facing the University of South Alabama on Wednesday night at Jaguar Field.
TROY (21-18, 2-7 Sun Belt) will face their fourth team in as many series that are near, or at, the top of the Sun Belt Conference standings when they face South Alabama (27-7, 7-2 Sun Belt). The Trojans have already have Louisiana (No. 18 NFCA/No. 19 ESPN), FIU and ULM. The three teams that the Trojans have played this year in conference are a combined 25-10, with the exception of South Alabama, the remainder of the teams in the conference left on the schedule are a combined 19-27.
South Alabama leads the all-time series 7-5, having won the last three contests as they swept the series last year. The Jaguars also lead the series in Mobile, 4-0, while the Trojans lead the all-time series at the Troy Softball Complex 5-3.
The Trojans are led by junior Nikki Hollett who is atop the Sun Belt Conference in multiple categories despite struggling over the last month. She continues to lead the conference in home runs (16), doubles (13), total bases (115) and is tied in hits (50). She is also near the top in slugging percentage (third - .833) and RBI (third – 45). Junior Hayden Gann is near the top of the conference in hits (fifth – 45), home runs (fifth – seven) and total bases (sixth – 73).
Meanwhile, junior Michelle Hewett leads the conference in plate appearances (151), while freshman Kelly Luquette leads the league in sacrifice hits (10). On the mound, senior Ashlyn Williams leads the league in strikeouts (168) and is near the top of the conference in saves (two – two), strikeouts looking (third – 34), opposing batting average (fourth - .201) and innings pitched (fourth – 123.2).
First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Mobile, and live stats will be provided. This will be the final road game for the next two weeks as the Trojans return home to face WKU, Alabama (No. 1 NFCA/No. 1 ESPN) and Florida Atlantic over the next 14 days.