MACON, Ga. – The Mercer baseball team held one of the most potent offenses in the country in check on its way to an impressive 12-2 Atlantic Sun win over East Tennessee State on Friday evening at Claude Smith Field.
The Mercer pitching staff, which ranks first in the A-Sun with a 3.53 team ERA, held an ETSU offense that leads the country in home runs to just two runs on its way to its seventh consecutive win.
The Bears now have 36 wins this season, which combined with their 38 victories last season, is tied for the most wins in back-to-back seasons in program history.
Senior Justice French got the start for the Orange and Black and was dynamic, allowing only one run on five hits in five innings pitched to earn his fifth win of the season.
For all hype surrounding the ETSU offense, it was the Mercer offense that shined on Friday night. Leading 4-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, the Bears created even more separation with a five-spot in the frame. A three-run home run by senior Joe Winker, a solo home run by junior Jacob Tanis and an RBI single by freshman Derrick Workman made the score 9-1 through five.
Junior Billy Burns put the icing on the cake in the bottom of the sixth when he crushed a solo home run, his sixth of the season, to left field to put the home team in front by a 10-2 margin.
Senior John Moreland led the offensive attack by going 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in the win.
Mercer wraps up its three-game series with ETSU on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Claude Smith Field. The contest marks the Bears final home game of its 2011 regular season and will serve as senior day for the eight seniors on this year's squad.