If the coaches in the Sun Belt Conference are correct, the 2009 baseball season promises to be a successful one for the TROY Trojans.
The Trojans were picked to finish second in the Sun Belt race in a vote of the league’s 11 head coaches. Defending SBC Tournament champion Western Kentucky, with the majority of its starting line-up returning, was the overwhelming preseason favorite.
TROY returns 11 pitchers and seven position starters among 22 letterwinners from a team that went 32-26 overall and 16-14 in the SBC last season. Top reliever and preseason All-Sun Belt selection Josh Storm returns for his second year in the bullpen for the Trojans, after making 27 appearances on the mound in 2009, posting a 2.09 ERA and recording a school-record 12 saves. The Florida native ranked second in the league and 14th in the nation in total saves.
The Trojans rebounded from an opening season loss to Kentucky in the Caravelle Resort Tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC, with a pair of wins over Southern Illinois and a victory over James Madison. TROY followed that with a win over Kennesaw State and a split of two games in the home-opening series with Memphis. The deciding game of the series was called due to snow. The early season schedule also featured a win over in-state rival Alabama.
The Sun Belt Conference Tournament will be played in Troy May 20-23.
Go to www.troytrojans.com for a complete season schedule.