MACON, Ga. – Sophomore Matt McCall allowed just one hit over eight innings of near-perfect baseball to propel the Mercer baseball team to an 8-0 victory over Alabama State on Friday evening at Claude Smith Field.
McCall needed only 92 pitches to get through his eight innings of work and tacked on five strikeouts in his dominant performance.
The Valdosta, Ga. native didn't seem to mind the 5 p.m. start time, which was an hour later than originally scheduled due to heavy rain showers the previous evening, rolling through the first two innings of play.
The Bears would give McCall some run support in the bottom of the second, when senior John Moreland hit an RBI single to right to make the score 1-0.
Mercer broke the game open in the fifth and sixth, scoring two runs in each frame. An RBI triple by sophomore Evan Boyd in the fifth and a two-run home run by senior Joe Winker, his fifth of the season, in the sixth put the home team out in front, 6-0.
That would be more than enough run support for McCall who still had a no-no intact going into the top of the eighth inning before junior Jordan Mims broke up the bid with a single up the middle to lead off the frame.
McCall finished strong, however, striking out the next two batters before giving way to senior J.T. Odom who got the final three outs in the ninth.
Senior Thomas Carroll finished two-for-three in the game with three runs scored while freshman Derrick Workman went two-for-four with an RBI and his team leading fourth stolen base of the season.
Mercer is back in action tomorrow for game two of a scheduled three-game set against Alabama State. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Claude Smith Field