1,000 Has To Wait

Troy scored seven runs in the first three innings and then got 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief from left-hander Mike Felix to beat the University of Alabama 8-5 on a chilly Wednesday night in Tuscaloosa.

Felix (2-3), a transfer from Auburn University, stranded two base Alabama runners in the fifth inning with the Trojans clinging to a two-run lead. He then escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth, when he struck out pinch-hitter Kyle Moore to end the game. Felix gave up five hits in the win. He walked one and struck out four.

Alabama (16-8) stranded 13 base runners in the loss, including the bases loaded in the fourth and ninth innings. The Crimson Tide was 0-for-3 in the loss with the bases loaded, with a pair of strikeouts.

Troy (13-9) scored three runs in the top of the first inning off starter Miers Quigley to take an early three run lead. Blake Green led off the game with a double to left center field that got past a diving Brandon Belcher. Tom King followed with an RBI single to put the Trojans up 1-0. After a strikeout, Josh Dew slammed a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left field for the 3-0 lead. The Trojans pushed the lead to 4-0 in the second inning when Ian Craze tripled past a diving Emeel Salem in centerfield and scored on Green's ground out.

Alabama got back in the game with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the second inning to close the gap to 4-3.

Alex Avila started the rally when he was hit by pitch with a 3-2 count. Matt Downs followed with a base hit to right field to send Avila to third base. Spencer Pennington followed with an RBI single to right and Downs took third on the play. Brandon Belcher then singled to right field to score Downs and send Pennington to third base. Emeel Salem then dumped a single to left to score Pennington with the final run of the inning.

The Trojans got the three runs right back in the top of the fourth inning to take a 7-3 lead. Jared Keel drew a bases loaded walk and Craze's infield single to deep short plated two runs as Troy took its second, four-run lead of the game.

Quigley (1-2) yielded six runs and five hits in 2 1/3 innings of work. He added one walk and struck out three.

Both teams missed an opportunity to score in the fourth inning. Troy loaded the bases with one out and reliever Patrick Kelly got an inning-ending double play from Ben Woods. Alabama loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning before Salem struck out looking and Paiml grounded out to end the threat.

Alabama pushed two runs across in the bottom of the fifth inning to close the gap to 7-5. Bush and Valverde opened the inning with back-to-back singles to chase starter Jon Gianquitti. Bush and Valverde eventually scored on a pair of wild pitches by reliever JJ Whetsel and a passed ball by catcher Josh Blackwell. Gianquitti allowed five earned runs and seven hits in four-plus innings with no walks and seven strikeouts.

Alabama had three hits in the sixth inning, but did not score after Salem was picked off second base with one out. Bush and Valverde then followed with back-to-back singles before Avila struck out to end the threat.

Jared Keel's solo home run in the eighth inning capped the scoring for the Trojans.

Alabama will play its first home SEC series of the season this weekend against the Ole Miss Rebels. The series opener is Friday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. The teams will also play Saturday at 4 p.m and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets for the Ole Miss series are available at the Sewell-Thomas Stadium box office two hours prior to each game.

GAME NOTES:

*Troy notched its first win over Alabama since an 8-5 victory at Troy in 1998. The Trojans earned their first win over the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa since 1979.

*Alabama saw its eight-game home winning streak end with Wednesday night's loss.

*Alabama was 0-for-3 with the bases loaded in Wednesday loss to Troy. Overall, Alabama is hitless in its last eight at-bats with the bases loaded.

*Belcher extended his career-best hitting streak to six games with a second inning RBI single. Belcher has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games for the Tide.

*Salem extended his hitting streak to seven games with an RBI single in the second inning.

*Junior RHP Patrick Kelly (Dothan) turned in the longest outing of his career for the Crimson Tide. He worked four innings and allowed one run and one hit, with one walk and three strikeouts. Prior to the Troy game, Kelly had made two relief appearances and logged three innings this season.


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