Despite only collecting six hits in the game, the Troy baseball team earned a big conference-opening victory over Greenville last week 10-1.

“We took advantage of situations and were patient at the plate,” said Troy coach Ty Welker. “We didn’t chase a lot of pitches, and we put the ball in play with runners in scoring position. It has been a different mentality for us, and if we continue to do that we will be successful.”

Photo Apr 05, 5 09 51 PMTroy scored six times in the third inning to take the early lead. Jacob Curcio struck out to open the third, but reached on a passed ball from the Greenville catcher. Another error and two consecutive walks to Brandon Emery and Jaren Bair brought home one run. Alex Riedel drove in two runs on a single, then after Jake Daniel was hit by a pitch, Troy Moore singled in a run and Curcio batted again and knocked in a run with a single, pushing the Trojans lead to 6-0 in the third.

In the fourth, Emery singled to lead off another scoring opportunity, and went to second on a passed ball. Emery then moved to second on a passed ball and over to third on a wild pitch. He scored when Austin Barney singled to make it 7-0 Troy.

Two more runs crossed the plate in the sixth inning, when Bair walked to leadoff, Reidel also walked and both runners moved up in a wild pitch. Daniel grounded to shortstop to score a run, then two batters later, Justin O’Neill grounded out to allow the second run of the inning to score and take the Trojans lead to 9-1.

Photo Apr 05, 5 38 19 PMAfter Greenville got on the board, the Trojans capped the scoring on the night with a run in the seventh when Emery walked, Noah Roswell also walked, and Daniel singled to load the bases. Only one run scored for Troy as Emery scored on a wild pitch to take the lead to 10-1

“We walked 13 times in this game and were patient all night,” Welker said.

Jordan Peck pitched a complete game two-hitter, striking out seven.

“It was the second big outing for Jordan, and his hard work has paid off,” Welker said. “He had a tremendous off-season and prepared to be our top pitcher. He has been that so far. We got the league started off the right way.”

Troy is now 4-2 on the season.