ASU baseball holds off Troy for fourth straight win

The Alabama State baseball team continued its record-setting start, manufacturing a run in the ninth inning to beat Troy 4-3 on Tuesday night, handing the Trojans their second loss of the season.

Dexter Price led off the ninth with a walk and was replaced by pinch runner Marcus Swint at first. A pair of errors by the Trojans on throws following sacrifice bunts allowed Swint to score from second base.

“Once again, we pitched very well and gave ourselves a chance to win,” ASU coach Mervyl Melendez said. “(Starting pitcher Anthony) Ricciardi did an excellent job and kept us in the ball game. He was very tough. Against a good opponent you have to pitch very well, and I thought the key to the game was our pitching. The bullpen came in and did the job as well.”

Alabama State (8-1) will face Kennesaw State today at 4 p.m. at Wheeler-Watkins Complex. Troy (5-2) held the Hornets to a season-low five hits but walked five batters and hit five with pitches.

“I thought both pitchers did a very good job,” Melendez said. “This is the first time we didn’t outhit or outplay our opponent and still found a way to win. It was a very close game that could have gone either way, but the willpower and energy our guys had willed us to the victory.”

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