Troy notches first NCAA Regional win in 5 years

Troy notches first NCAA Regional win in 5 years
The Troy Trojans won its first NCAA Regional game since 2013 with a 6-0 win over Duke Friday night. (Source: Troy Athletics)

ATHENS, GA (WSFA) - It took a while, roughly 8 hours, but the Troy Trojans finally got their first NCAA Regional win under their belt since 2013. The No. 3 seed Trojans (42-19) blanked the No. 2 seed Duke Blue Devils (40-16) 6-0 after a 5 hour 25 minute weather delay in Game 1 of the Athens Regional.

The shutout was also Troy's first shutout in their Division I Regional history. Andrew Crane got the start for the Trojans, pitching three innings before handing it over to Corey Childress for the remainder of the game.

Childress pitched six strong innings, which was even more impressive considering the delay struck just before the bottom of the fifth.

The delay wasn't a problem for the Troy bats as they got after Duke starter Ryan Davis early on. The Trojans posted four runs in the top of the third inning and added another in the top of the fourth.

Newly-named All-American Joey Denison came up with the big hit for Troy, clearing the bases with a double into the right-center field gap. Brody Binder would plate another run before inning's end.

The Trojans were also active offensively after the delay. They added one more run in the top of the sixth.

Duke had nine hits but failed to score a run for the first time since March 10.

Friday's win gave Troy its third-straight victory to open a regional. Troy's last opening regional win was a 5-2 victory over Alabama in the 2013 Tallahassee Regional.

The win also puts Troy in the winner's bracket and they will now play the winner between No. 1 seed Georgia and No. 4 seed Campbell Saturday night at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time.

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