Godwin slides into Troy record book
Adam Godwin broke and stole things all week.
The senior outfielder broke Troy's single-season and career records for stolen bases Tuesday with two steals to bring his totals to 47 and 75. He recorded his 48th steal of the season Saturday against Campbell to break the Atlantic Sun Conference record, set in 1982. He stole five more bases in the game, finishing with a career-best six, including his first swipe of home.
Godwin didn't get any bags in the second game of the doubleheader, but his 53 for the season lead the nation after 28 games. That puts him on pace for 106 for the season; the NCAA record is 108.
"He posted about a 6.5 time (over 60 yards), and is below that at times," Troy coach Bobby Pierce said. "He's a true basestealer type; some 6.5-seconds guys can't steal bases, but he's a get on and go kind of kid. He runs on his own."
Godwin went 5-for-11 on the week, with three walks and nine steals helping him score seven runs. He's batting .379/.450/.448 this year with 53 steals in 57 tries, with 36 runs scored. He should turn into a solid senior sign in the first 10 rounds of the draft this year after batting .384/.422/.429 with 28 steals in 33 tries in 2004.
"He has some aptitude with the bat; he hit about .450 in conference last year," Pierce said. "He's a senior who got off to a slow start last year and dropped off the radar a bit. We thought for sure we would lose him."
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