Kourtis, Johnson Lead Mercer to 2-1 Win over Morehead State
Mercer (2-1) scraped together a run in the second and a run in the sixth to clinch at worst a split in the four-game series against Morehead State (1-2)
Kourtis was the real story in the contest, as the freshman dominated the Eagles bats in his first collegiate start. The Alpharetta, Ga. native pitched 6.1 strong innings and allowed just one earned run on two hits to earn the win.
After both teams combined to score 45 runs on 60 hits in their doubleheader yesterday, Saturday's affair was all about pitching for both sides.
The Bears got on the board first against Morehead State starter Aaron Goe in the bottom of the second inning. Junior David Reid-Foley pulled a double down the right field line and was driven in with an RBI single by sophomore Nate Moorhouse to give the home team an early 1-0 lead.
The Eagles would come right back with a run of their own after an RBI groundout by senior Luke Bainer tied the game at 1-1.
That is the way things would stay until the bottom of the sixth when some timely hitting and creative base running by the Orange and Black plated the eventual game winning run.
Sophomore Austin Barrett started the action with a single to third base and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Reid-Foley then smacked a hard grounder to shortstop, but Barrett did a great job of screening Morehead State's Chase Greenwell which forced him into an error and allowed Barrett to score the go-ahead run.
Johnson did the rest from that point forward for the Bears, pitching two scoreless innings of relief in his first appearance of the season to pick up the save.
Moorhouse had the best day of any Mercer hitter, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two stolen bases.
Mercer wraps up its four-game series with Morehead State tomorrow afternoon. First pitch has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. at Claude Smith Field.