TROY, Ala. -
Troy (18-4, 4-1 SBC) jumped out to an early lead for the second-straight day and never looked back on its way to a 7-2 victory over the UALR baseball team (10-12, 2-3) at Riddle-Pace Field. Troy outhit the Trojans 13-to-5 in the win, led by a 3-for-4, three-RBI effort from third baseman Tyler Hannah.
Troy's Ryan Sorce (3-2) came on in relief of starter Drew Hull in the fifth inning, and picked up the win by holding UALR to two hits over 4.1 scoreless innings. Troy's first three hitters combined to do most of the damage on Saturday night, as the trio went a combined 7-for-13 at the plate with five runs scored and five runs batted in. Adam Bryant followed up Hannah's three-RBI performance by going 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, while T.J. Rivera went 2-for-4 with three runs scored.
Bryant got things going for Troy with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first, his second homer in as many days, to help the home team jump out to a 2-0 lead. Troy added three more runs in the second, highlighted by a two-run double by Hannah, to build a 5-0 lead it would never relinquish.
UALR senior Travis Henke (1-1) took the loss after allowing eight hits and five runs over 2.1 innings. The Trojans scored their only runs of the game in the top of the fifth, as junior Nick Rountree plated junior Hector Acosta and senior Jason Houston with a two-out, two-run double down the left field line. Rountree and junior Greg Garcia paced the Trojans with two hits apiece.
Hull was pulled in the fifth inning after surrendering Rountree's double, with Troy holding a 5-2 lead. Troy's starter limited UALR to three hits and two runs, but issued seven walks over 4.2 innings. UALR left 12 men on base in the loss.
UALR and Troy conclude the three-game series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.