March 8, 2011

Bears Host Georgia on Tuesday for First Time Since 2007

MACON, Ga. – The Mercer baseball team is set to take on the University of Georgia on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at Claude Smith Field for its first meeting against the Bulldogs since 2007.

 

Last Time Out

 

The Mercer baseball team leaned on its starting pitching to come away with two wins over Belmont on Sunday afternoon at Shelby Park.

 

Mercer ran away with game one, 9-0, and topped Belmont, 6-2, in game two.

 

Pitching was once again the key for the Bears as they allowed just four runs over the entire three-game series. Over the past nine games, during which the Orange and Black have gone 8-1, the Mercer pitching staff has posted a microscopic 1.34 ERA.

 

Junior Jacob Tanis had a monster day at the dish, going four-for-seven with a home run, two runs scored and five RBI.

 

Scouting the Opposition

 

Georgia (3-8) was picked to finish fifth in the Eastern Division according to the 2011 SEC Preseason Coaches' poll after returning 21 letterwinners from a 2010 squad that finished 16-37 overall. The Bulldogs are coming off a three-game series with #5 ranked Florida State in which they took game two of the three-game set, 7-5. Junior Chase Davidson paces the Georgia offense with 14 hits, six doubles, seven RBI and a .350 batting average. Pitching has been an area of concern for the Bulldogs this season, with the team posting a 5.02 ERA over their first 11 games.

 

Quick Hits

 

- Georgia leads the all-time series against Mercer, 44-9. The Bulldogs have won 18-straight in the series since the Bears last win in Athens, 14-13, in 1992.

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