Friday night in the Sun Belt: Troy moves back into first place
TROY 11, SOUTH ALABAMA 6
Adam Bryant homered and drove in three runs, and Troy pulled away, scoring five times in the eighth inning to defeat South Alabama 11-6 in Mobile.
Troy (39-16, 20-9) moved back into possession of first place in the Sun Belt, thanks to Florida Atlantic’s defeat of FIU in Miami.
Jimmy Hodgskin (3-6) allowed just three runs over 6.1 innings to get the win. Nathan Hill finished the game to earn his third save. Dustin Crenshaw (7-2) was tagged for 15 hits and 10 earned runs over eight innings and took the loss.
Tyson Workman, Boone Shear and Drew Pritchard each had three hits to lead the Trojans’ attack. South Alabama (29-25, 15-14) had 13 hits of their own, led by Jeff DeBlieux who had three hits.
FLORIDA ATLANTIC 2, FIU 0
Paul Davis scattered nine hits in a complete game shutout and Florida Atlantic put an end to FIU’s unbeaten 18 game streak, downing the Panthers 2-0 in Miami.
The win knocked FIU (36-17-1, 19-9-1) out of first place in the Sun Belt.
Davis (10-1) walked three and struck out nine. He was helped by two double plays as FIU stranded ten baserunners.
Dan Scheffler and Nick Delguidice knocked in runs for the Owls (32-21, 17-12) who can lock down the #4 seed in the conference tournament with a win tomorrow.
R. J. Fondon (5-5) gave up six hits through five innings and took the loss.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE 5, WESTERN KENTUCKY 1
Sun Belt home run leader Will Skinner hit a walk-off grand slam home run to lead Middle Tennessee to a 5-1 win over Western Kentucky in Murfreesboro.
Skinner’s blast, his 16th of the season, came with one out off losing pitcher Brian Edelen (6-2), who allowed a hit, a walk and hit batsman before Skinner unloaded.
Hunter Adkins (2-9) pitched a complete game, allowing just four hits.
The Hilltoppers (31-22, 16-13) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Ivan Hartle and it stood until the eighth. Middle Tennessee (18-36, 9-20), who was shutout in the first sixteen innings of the series, tied it on Matthew Drake’s third homer of the season before Skinner’s ninth inning heroics.
You can read about Louisiana’s win over Louisiana-Monroe here.
Arkansas State and Arkansas-Little Rock were postponed because of rain. They will play a 1pm doubleheader tomorrow.