TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Mercer baseball team continued its early season fireworks on the offensive side of the ball in a 19-1 win over Florida A&M on Wednesday evening at Moore-Kittles Field.
Mercer (5-1) pounded out 21 hits in the contest, its second game of the young season with 20 or more hits.
To balance out the Bears potent offense, freshman Eric Nyquist put together a strong outing on the mound. The Chicago, Ill. native went five innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits while striking out two.
With the score 1-0 in favor of the visitors in the top of the second, the Bears bats began to go to work with a five-run frame. Junior Evan Boyd hit an RBI double in the inning and junior Logan Gaines followed up with a two-RBI single to go up by a 6-1 margin.
The floodgates opened for Mercer in the top of the fifth when the Orange and Black pushed across 12 runs in the frame, its second 10-plus run inning this season after putting up 11 runs in the sixth inning against Morehead State on February 17. Sophomore Nick Backlund hit a bases clearing three-RBI double and classmate Derrick Workman blasted a three-run home run, his first of the season, to put the Bears up 19-1.
Sophomore DJ Johnson finished the game 3-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored while Workman went 3-for-4 with three RBI and four runs scored.
Mercer returns to the field on Friday when it welcomes Presbyterian into town for a three-game weekend series. Game one is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Claude Smith Field.