JACKSONVILLE –Blake Seguin went 4-for-4 and scored the game winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as Jacksonville State claimed a 7-6 win over No. 18 Troy University at Rudy Abbott Field on Tuesday.
Jax State improves to 23-10 on the season after earning its second straight win over a nationally ranked opponent. Troy drops to 25-7 on the season.
Cody Ponder (1-0) pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and had a pair of strikeouts to earn his first career win for the Gamecocks. Tyson Workman got stuck with the loss for the Trojans after giving up the go-ahead run.
With the game tied at 6-6, Seguin had a one-out triple to left center – his fourth hit of the night – to bring up freshman Andrew Bishop. The freshman shortstop then hit the sixth pitch of the at-bat to the left field corner as Seguin scored easily to give the Gamecocks their seventh final at-bat win of the season.
The Gamecocks took a 1-0 lead in the second inning after Erik Underwood scored on a Bishop RBI single up the middle. Jax State tacked on three runs in the fourth inning on a RBI single by Underwood, before Coty Blanchard drove in two more runs with a double to right center as the Gamecocks built a 4-0 lead.
Troy got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning after Todd McRae and Josh McDorman both scored on a Gamecock throwing error to cut the lead to 4-2.
The Trojans tied the game in the top of the seventh inning after Adam Bryant hit a two-run home run to left field to make the score 4-4.
The Gamecocks took a 5-4 lead in the home half of the seventh after Sam Eberle scored on a Troy fielding error and then added another run in the eighth after Seguin scored on another Trojan error to build a 6-4 lead.
Troy then rallied to tie the game in the top of the ninth inning after Drew Prichard had a pinch-hit single to drive in two runs to tie the game at 6-6 and force extra frames.
Erik Underwood finished with two hits to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest active streak in the Ohio Valley Conference. Bishop also added a pair of hits, while Blanchard extended his hitting streak to eight games.
T.J. Rivera was the only Trojan player to finish with two hits, while Adam Bryant and Prichard each had two RBI.
Jacksonville State returns to action on Wednesday as the Gamecocks travel to Kennesaw State. Game time is set for 5 p.m. and the game will be carried on the Jacksonville State radio network.