Trojans tripped upPublished 3:09pm Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The No. 2 ranked Central Alabama Community College Trojans have already locked up the No. 1 seed in the ACCC with two weeks left in the season.
With that in the back of the minds, Central Alabama lost at home yesterday afternoon to Wallace State, 3-2.
CACC (36-8) went with Jacob Noble on the mound to start the game, as the lefty has been consistent most of this year.
However three errors in the top of the first inning got Noble off to a rough start and in an early hole at 1-0.
Tanner Hicks pitched the final six innings of relief for CACC.
Wallace State then added two more runs in the top of the third inning for a 3-0 lead before Central Alabama had even put up a run.
The Trojans were kept off balance all game long from the plate, only managing nine hits and leaving runners on base during crucial moments.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Central Alabama had the bases loaded with the score still at 3-0.
With an opportunity to get on the board, three-hole hitter Garrett Pitts grounded to the shortstop for an out to end the inning.
The Trojans wound up getting on the board for the first time all afternoon in the bottom of the seventh inning when former Benjamin Russell High School standout Darius Reese hit a two run homerun with Justin Hancock on first base, bringing the score to 3-2.
The Trojans had a chance to tie and take the lead once again in the bottom of the eighth inning with runners on second and third, as Reese then struck out to end the inning.
Wallace State closed the door in the bottom of the ninth for the surprise conference victory for the Patriots.
“The last two weeks, we haven’t gotten very much better as a team,” CACC head coach Wynn Fletcher said.
“We’ve had good pitching that has bailed us out over that two week stretch, but we’ve got six or seven guys that are waiting too long in their at-bats to get something going.
“If we don’t get better in the next two weeks, it could very easily be a two game stint in the conference tournament.”
Central Alabama will host Southern Union tomorrow at 5 p.m.