Mercer Hosts No. 9 Georgia Tech on Tuesday
MACON, Ga. – The Mercer baseball team returns home to host No. 9 ranked Georgia Tech on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at Claude Smith Field.
Tuesday's meeting is the second between the two clubs this season. Mercer captured the first contest between the two teams, 4-2, on March 29, thanks to a clutch two-RBI double by sophomore Evan Boyd in the top of the eighth and 5.1 innings of shutout baseball by senior reliever Russell Moses.
Last Time Out
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Freshman Tyler Moore threw a complete game shutout to lead North Florida to a 5-0 win over Mercer on Sunday afternoon at Harmon Stadium.
Moore, in just his second start of the season, scattered eight hits over nine innings to pick up his fourth win of the season.
Mercer had its chances against Moore, putting runners in scoring position with less than two outs in the third and the sixth but failed to score in either frame.
Scouting the Opposition
Georgia Tech comes into Tuesday's contest with a 27-10 overall record after most recently taking two of three from fellow ACC member Wake Forest this past weekend. The Yellow Jackets have played so well this season, thanks to a remarkable balance between its hitting and pitching. Georgia Tech ranks first in the ACC with a .321 batting average and second in the league with a 2.72 ERA. Freshman Kyle Wren paces the Yellow Jackets with team-highs in batting average (.409), runs scored (43) and hits (65). Freshman Matt Grimes is expected to start on the mound for Tech, entering the contest with a 5-1 record and a 3.65 ERA.
- Freshman Derrick Workman is currently on a 14-game hitting streak, the longest by any Bear this season. The Acworth, Ga. product is currently hitting .344 and ranks tied for third in the A-Sun with nine home runs and tied for fifth in the conference with 91 total bases.
- The Bears 24-15 start and marked improvement this season is not a fluke, as they currently rank 65th in the ratings percentage index (RPI). The A-Sun currently sports a 122-88 non-conference record, seven teams with an under-100 team RPI and an overall conference RPI that currently ranks seventh in the nation. Only the SEC, ACC, Conference USA, Big 12, Pac-10 and Sun Belt sport better conference RPI's than the A-Sun.