JSU tops in-state foe Troy 8-7 in 16

After a hard battle with the Troy Trojans (20-13) that lasted 16 innings, Jacksonville State (22-10) was able to leave Iddle-Pace field in Troy, Ala. with a win.

The Gamecocks were first on the board Tuesday night. Paschal Petrongolo hit a single down the middle in the first inning that allowed Gavin Golsan to score, and advance Clayton Daniel to move to third base. Josh Bobo was then able to get Daniel across the plate with a ground out to the Trojans’ third baseman.

Jax State added to their lead in the fourth. Peyton Williams was able to score due to a single by Golsan, and then Golsan was able to come home thanks to a single by Daniel.

Troy scored their first run of the night when Joey Denison hit a home run in the bottom of the fourth.

Taylor Hawthorne doubled through to the left side in the fifth. A throwing error by the Trojans allowed Hawthorne to move up to third, and let Elliot McCummings score the fifth run of the night for JSU.

McCummings scored his second run of the game when Hawthorne sacrificed himself in the seventh.

Troy proved that they were not out of the contest in the bottom of the seventh. They were able to get four Trojans across the plate during their half inning.

Brandon Lockridge and Tripp Calhoun scored the Trojans second and third runs thanks to a single by Denison. Chase Smartt was able to score on a single by TJ Binder, and Denison scored on a single by Brody Binder.

The Trojans tied the contest up in the eighth thanks to a single by Lockridge that let Windham Jackson score their fifth run.

The Gamecocks managed another run in the 11th. Petrongolo scored thanks to a sacrifice by Hawthorne.

The Trojans were also able to score in the 11th. Trevor Davis sacrificed himself to center field, allowing Lockridge
to score unearned.

Josh Bobo saved the day for the Gamecocks in the 16th. He was able to homer down the left field line to score the 15th run of the ballgame.

Nicholas Gaddis received the win for JSU. He pitched four scoreless innings, gave up three hits.

Derrick Adams, Joe McGuire, Colton Pate, Grant Chandler, Michael McCreless, Nate Sylvester, Justin Hoyt and Ty Pierce also pitched for the Gamecocks on Tuesday.

Perez Knowles received the loss for Troy. He pitched two and two-thirds inning for the Trojans, giving up one run off of two hits. Evan Herbert, Robert Harris, Trey Johns, Corey Childress and Marc Skinner also pitched for Troy.

The Gamecocks travel to Cookeville, Tenn. on March 15, to face foe Tennessee Tech (9-12, 9-6 OVC) for a three game series Friday, Saturday and Sunday. JSU will return home on March 19 to face Kennesaw State at 6 p.m.

Timothy Cash
Sports Editor

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