Troy Trojans baseball

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Troy Trojans
2017 Troy Trojans baseball team
Troy University logo.gif
Founded 1911; 106 years ago (1911)
University Troy University
Conference Sun Belt
East Division
Location Troy, AL
Head coach Mark Smartt (2nd year)
Home stadium Riddle-Pace Field
(Capacity: 2,000)
Nickname Trojans
Colors Cardinal, Silver, and Black[1]
              
Overall record 1,693–1,055-3 (.616)
NCAA Tournament appearances
1995, 1997, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013
Conference tournament champions
1995, 1997, 2006
Conference champions
1996, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013

The Troy Trojans baseball team is the varsity intercollegiate baseball team of Troy University, located in Troy, Alabama, United States. It competes in the NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference. The program began play in 1911. As of the end of the 2017 season regular season, the programs overall record is 1,693–1,055-3. In 1986 and 1987, Troy won Division II national championships under head coach Chase Riddle. As a Division II program, the team won 10 conference titles and appeared in 14 NCAA Regionals and 7 College World Series.

History[edit]

As early as the turn of the century, Troy fielded an intercollegiate baseball team, but school records only date back to 1931. In 1931, Troy Normal School moved all home games to what is now known as Riddle-Pace Field. The previous playing field, which was located on the quad in front of Shackelford Hall, was the original playing field. The field was relocated because of baseballs breaking the windows of Shackelford Hall.

Few schools in the South, especially in the state of Alabama, possess as rich a history as that of the Troy baseball program. In the past 40 years alone, Trojan baseball squads have claimed more than 1,300 victories, 14 conference championships, 7 NCAA Regional crowns, and back-to-back Division II NCAA National Championships in 1986 and 1987.

In 1979, Troy State hired a Chase Riddle, a manager and scout for the St. Louis Cardinals major league baseball team.

In 1986, the Trojans defeated Columbus State, 5–0, to win the Division II NCAA College World Series. In 1987, they followed up with yet another national championship by defeating Tampa, 7–5.[2]

For his successes, head coach Chase Riddle was named National Head Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1987.

Upon transitioning from Division II to Division I, Troy finished their time in Division II with a 38-25 overall record against competition in NCAA Regionals.

After head coach John Mayotte helped lead Troy into their new era of Division I baseball, he led the team to their first NCAA Regional in 1995, just Troy's second season of being in Division I. Troy was eliminated by Florida State and Ole Miss that season. In 1997, Mayotte once again led Troy to another NCAA Regional, where Troy was again eliminated, this time by Alabama and Southern California.

In 2003, Troy hired Bobby Pierce as head coach. In his 4th season, he led Troy to their 3rd appearance in an NCAA Regional, where Troy scored their first victory over another team in a Regional, beating Southern Miss 10-8. Bobby Pierce finished his career with a 450-313 record at Troy, and led the program to their first Top 25 ranking and 4 NCAA Regional appearances, defeating teams like Alabama and Oklahoma State.

Since moving into Division I in 1994, the Trojans have won 6 conference titles, 3 conference tournaments, and have appeared in six NCAA Regionals.

Riddle-Pace Field[edit]

Riddle-Pace Field at Troy University.

Riddle-Pace Field, located on the university's campus, is the program's home venue. It is named for Chase Riddle, former head coach of the program, and Matthew Downer Pace, who served Troy University from 1891 to 1941 as Professor of Mathematics, Dean, and President.

The stadium features a brick concourse, a three-story press box, restrooms, a concession stand, and a merchandise booth. The stadium has a capacity of 2,000 spectators, which includes 1,700 bleacher seats and 300 chair-back seats. More spectator areas are located beyond the left field fence and adjacent to the home plate dugout.

All-Americans[edit]

Troy has produced 38 All-American players, as well as 6 Academic All-Americans. Since Troy joined the NCAA's Division I in 1994, the program has had 15 All-American players.

1st Team All-America[edit]

  • Nate Moore (2004)
  • Tom King (2006)
  • Mike Felix (2006)
  • Adam Bryant (2010)
  • Tyler Hannah (2011)
  • Danny Collins (2013)

2nd Team All-America[edit]

  • Adam Godwin (2005)
  • Clint Robinson (2007)
  • Bryan Miller (2008)
  • Tyler Ray (2011)

3rd Team All-America[edit]

  • Brent Adcock (2005)
  • Adam Bryant (2011)
  • Logan Pierce (2013)

Championships and titles[edit]

Conference Titles[edit]

Since Troy's first year in Division I in 1994, the program has won six regular-season conference titles and three conference tournament titles.

In the team's short stint in the Mid-Continent Conference, they won the regular season title in three straight seasons, from 1995 to 1997, to go along with two tournament titles in 1995 and 1997. In Troy's last season in the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2005, they won the regular season title. Since joining the Sun Belt Conference, the team has won three regular season titles in 2006, 2011, and 2013. Troy also won the SBC tournament title in 2006.

The program has compiled a total of 18 conference championships and two D-II national championships since its inception.

Division II[edit]

Division I[edit]

Division II National Championships[edit]

In 1986, the Trojans defeated Columbus State, 5–0, to win the Division II College World Series. In 1987, they followed up with yet another national championship by defeating Tampa, 7–5.[2]

Then head coach Chase Riddle was named National Head Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1987.

Attendance[edit]

Former Troy shortstop Shohei Fujita.

Since 2007, Troy has ranked in the top 50 nationally in home attendance for many seasons.

Year National Rank Avg. Attendance
2012 49th 1,204
2011 41st 1,313
2010 47th 1,188
2009 46th 1,208
2008 49th 1,301
2007 45th 1,425

Attendance Records[edit]

Below is a list of Troy's top five single-game attendance figures.

Attendance Opponent Year
3,323 Alabama 2017
3,243 Alabama 2016
2,936 Alabama 2012
2,586 Auburn 2010
2,567 Auburn 2008

Yearly records[edit]

Division I[edit]

Conference Champions
(Regular Season)
Conference Champions
(Tournament)
Conference Champions
(Regular Season & Tournament)
Season Overall
Wins
Overall
Losses
Conf.
Wins
Conf.
Losses
Head Coach Postseason
East Coast Conference
1994 34 16 5 1 John Mayotte
Mid-Continent Conference
1995 27 23 13 6 John Mayotte NCAA Regional
1996 41 13 18 2 John Mayotte
1997 37 23 8 6 John Mayotte NCAA Regional
Atlantic Sun Conference
1998 37 21 13 7 John Mayotte
1999 31 28 15 15 John Mayotte
2000 22 34 11 16 John Mayotte
2001 27 28 12 15 John Mayotte
2002 28 30 16 14 John Mayotte
2003 27 27 16 16 Bobby Pierce
2004 36 22 15 15 Bobby Pierce
2005 37 21 23 7 Bobby Pierce
Sun Belt Conference
2006 47 16 20 4 Bobby Pierce NCAA Regional
2007 34 27 16 14 Bobby Pierce NCAA Regional
2008 32 26 18 12 Bobby Pierce
2009 33 23 18 10 Bobby Pierce
2010 36 25 16 14 Bobby Pierce
2011 43 17 21 9 Bobby Pierce NCAA Regional
2012 28 30 14 16 Bobby Pierce
2013 42 20 20 10 Bobby Pierce NCAA Regional
2014 25 32 11 18 Bobby Pierce
2015 30 25 18 10 Bobby Pierce
2016 32 26 17 13 Mark Smartt
2017 31 24 16 14 Mark Smartt

Postseason Results[edit]

Division I[edit]

Troy currently hold a 9-12 record in the NCAA postseason.

NCAA Regionals[edit]

NCAA Regional Results
1995 Tallahassee, FL Regional

Lost to Florida State, 3–18
Lost to Ole Miss, 5–8

1997 Tuscaloosa, AL Regional

Lost to Alabama, 5–8
Lost to Southern California, 2–5

2006 Tuscaloosa, AL Regional

Defeated Southern Miss, 10–8
Lost to Alabama, 3–4
Defeated Southern Miss, 6–5
Lost to Alabama, 5–14

2007 Oxford, MS Regional

Lost to Southern Miss, 2–14
Lost to Sam Houston State, 6–7

2011 Nashville, TN Regional

Defeated Oklahoma State, 9–2
Lost to Vanderbilt, 2–10
Lost to Belmont, 2–5

2013 Tallahassee, FL Regional

Defeated Alabama, 5–2
Lost to Florida State, 0–11
Defeated Alabama, 9–8
Lost to Florida State, 4–11

Division II[edit]

Troy held a 38-25 record in the NCAA Division II postseason.

NCAA Regionals[edit]

NCAA Regional Results
1977 NCAA South Regional

Lost to Eckerd College, 5–15
Lost to Florida Southern, 2–3

1978 NCAA South Central Regional

Lost to Delta State, 0–8
Defeated Southeastern Louisiana, 4–3
Defeated Mankato State, 18–9
Defeated Delta State, 10–5
Lost to Delta State, 4–8

1979 NCAA South Regional

Lost to Jacksonville State, 2–6
Defeated West Alabama, 1–0
Lost to Delta State, 6–10

1980 NCAA Central Regional

Defeated Wright State, 8–2
Lost to Bellarmine, 6–8
Defeated Wright State, 4–3
Defeated Bellarmine, 3–1
Defeated Bellarmine, 2–1

1981 NCAA South Central Regional

Defeated Indiana Central, 4–1
Defeated Northern Kentucky, 3–1
Defeated Delta State, 5–4

1983 NCAA South Central Regional

Defeated Indiana Central, 4–0
Lost to Jacksonville State, 4–5
Lost to Wright State, 6–7

1984 NCAA South Central Regional

Lost to North Alabama, 1–2
Defeated Indiana Central, 7–6
Defeated Jacksonville State, 5–1
Defeated North Alabama, 9–3
Defeated North Alabama, 9–3

1985 NCAA South Central Regional

Defeated North Alabama, 7–6
Defeated Delta State, 10–2
Defeated Delta State, 10–6

1986 NCAA South Central Regional

Defeated Sam Houston State, 8–7
Defeated Jacksonville State, 13–4
Defeated Sam Houston State, 6–4

1987 NCAA South Central Regional

Defeated North Alabama, 4–0
Defeated SIU-Edwardsville, 8–5
Defeated SIU-Edwardsville, 3–1

1988 NCAA South Central Regional

Lost to Central Missouri, 7–8
Lost to Delta State, 7–9

1990 NCAA South Central Regional

Defeated Missouri Southern, 10–5
Defeated Jacksonville State, 6–2
Lost to Jacksonville State, 0–5
Lost to Jacksonville State, 2–11

1991 NCAA South Central Regional

Lost to Jacksonville State, 0–2
Lost to Delta State, 5–11

1993 NCAA South Central Regional

Defeated Valdosta State, 4–2
Defeated North Alabama, 7–6
Defeated North Alabama, 7–3

College World Series[edit]

Coming soon.

Trojans in the Pros[edit]

Troy has had 56 total players drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft since the baseball program's inception.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2015 Troy Football Media Guide" (PDF). 2015-07-07. Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  2. ^ a b "All-Time Results" (PDF). NCAA Division II Baseball Record Book. NCAA. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 

See also[edit]

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