February 19, 2012

Baseball Rolls to 10-0 Win over Morehead State in Series Finale

MACON, Ga. – A combination of early offense and strong starting pitching carried the Mercer baseball team to a convincing 10-0 win over Morehead State on Sunday afternoon at Claude Smith Field.

 

Mercer (3-1) scored 10 runs in the first three innings of the contest and totaled 42 runs in its four-game series against Morehead State (1-3).

 

The Bears jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a towering home run from junior Travis Benn. After sophomore Nick Backlund hit an RBI double down the left field line, Benn came up with runners on second and third and ripped a three-run home run to left to make the score 4-0.

 

Mercer kept pouring it on in the third with a five-run inning to increase its lead up to 10-0. Freshman Chesny Young had the big hit in the frame, blasting a two-run home run over the left field fence for his first collegiate big fly.

 

That would be more than enough offense for Bears starter David Randall who was making his first start in almost a full calendar year. The Lawrenceville, Ga. native made the most of it, tossing 5.1 shutout innings to go along with eight strikeouts to pick up the win.

 

Seniors Jacob Matthews and Colby Collins and freshman Eric Nyquist combined to throw 3.2 scoreless innings of relief to keep the shutout intact.

 

Young finished the day going 3-for-4 with two RBI and one runs scored, while junior Evan Boyd and sophomores Derrick Workman, Nate Moorhouse and Backlund all had two hits apiece in the win.

 

Mercer continues its busy start to the 2012 season when it travels to Florida A&M for a two-game series starting on Tuesday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at Moore-Kittles Field.