Bears Take Pair From Savannah State
MACON, Ga. – After squeaking out an extra innings walk-off win in game one, the Mercer baseball team used five home runs to sweep its doubleheader with Savannah State on Wednesday evening at Claude Smith Field.
The Bears won game one 10-9 in 11 innings and captured game two 15-4 in eight innings.
Mercer improves to 19-14 overall with the pair of victories, while Savannah State drops below the .500 mark, at 14-15, with the losses.
"Anytime you can win both games of a doubleheader it is huge, but for us it meant a little more after they swept us down in Savannah," head coach Craig Gibson said. "I am especially proud of how well David Randall threw for us in game two after missing his last start with a bad back."
In game one, offense came early and often for both clubs. Mercer took an 8-6 lead in the fourth thanks to a solo home run from junior John Moreland and a three-run home run by senior Michael Langley. Savannah State rallied for three runs over the next two frames, highlighted by a two-run home run from junior Dexter Kelley, making the score 9-9 after six.
That is where the game stayed thanks to the relief effort of Mercer freshman David Teasley. Teasley, who leads the Atlantic Sun Conference in pitching appearances, threw 5.2 innings of scoreless relief to keep the Tigers bats silent the rest of the way.
The Bears ended up giving Teasley the win when they rallied for the game-winning run in the 11th inning. After sophomore Nick Adams reached base and advanced to second on an error, Langley stepped up and delivered a walk-off RBI single to left field to give Mercer a 10-9 win in game one.
Game two didn't have as much drama thanks to Randall and the Bears offensive attack.
Randall went 5.0 innings and allowed just two earned runs, on three hits, while striking out a career-high 10 batters.
Mercer gave Randall all the run support he could ask for with a little help from the long ball. The Bears clubbed five home runs in game two, including three by sophomore Jacob Tanis. Sophomore Billy Burns and Adams also clubbed a home run apiece in the win, the first of each respective player's career.
Adams' two-run home run in the eighth put Mercer in front 15-4, evoking the 10-run mercy rule established by both clubs before the game.
"Jacob Tanis put on a show tonight and it was fun to watch, but we need to re-focus as we get back into A-Sun play with Stetson this weekend" said Gibson.
Mercer will return to action when it begins a three-game A-Sun weekend series with Stetson on Friday night at 6 p.m. at Claude Smith Field.