Moreland, French Help Mercer to 4-2 Win at Georgia

Moreland, French Help Mercer to 4-2 Win at Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. – The Mercer baseball team continued its stellar play in the Peach State after defeating Georgia 4-2 on Wednesday evening in front of 2,135 fans at Foley Field.


Tonight's win over Georgia was Mercer's first against the Bulldogs since 1992 and improved its record against in-state opponents to 7-4 this season.


The Bears now have three wins over top-50 ratings percentage index (RPI) squads this season after beating a top-10 ranked Georgia Tech twice and Georgia who is ranked No. 18 in the RPI.


Senior Justice French pitched four innings of scoreless relief and allowed just three hits while striking out five to pick up his fourth win of the season.


After junior Billy Burns leadoff the game with a double to left field, fellow classmate Jacob Tanis brought him home with an RBI single up the middle to give Mercer an early 1-0 advantage.


Georgia responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second when junior Carson Schilling hit a bloop single up the middle to make the score 2-1.


The back-and-forth affair continued in the top of the third when the Bears re-took the lead after senior John Moreland crushed a three-run home run, his 10th of the season, to make the score 4-2 in favor of the visitors.  


That is the way things stayed going into the ninth with both squads emptying out their respective bullpens for five-straight scoreless innings of relief.


 Once in the ninth, senior J.T. Odom secured the win with a one-two-three ninth for his fourth save of the season.


Burns finished the evening going 3-for-4 with two stolen bases while freshman Austin Barrett went 2-for-4 with a run scored.


Mercer returns to the field when it travels to Spartanburg for a three-game Atlantic Sun series with USC Upstate. Game one is scheduled for May 15 at 5 p.m. at Harley Park.