February 24, 2012

Baseball Batters Presbyterian in 12-1 Win

MACON, Ga. – The Mercer baseball team blasted four home runs and limited Presbyterian to just two hits in a 12-1 series opening win on Friday evening at Claude Smith Field.

 

Mercer (6-1) received home runs from juniors Logan Gaines, Travis Benn and David Reid-Foley and sophomore Nick Backlund in support of senior Brandon Love who threw six strong innings on the mound.

 

The Bears have now scored eight or more runs and collected at least 10 hits in six of their seven games so far this season. Not to be outdone, the Orange and Black are also excelling on the mound as well, posting their fifth-straight game of allowing two runs or less to opposing offenses.

 

After the Blue Hose pushed a run across on a double steal in the top of the first it would be all Mercer from that point forward.

 

The action picked up in the bottom of the third when Backlund launched a three-run home run to dead center to give the Bears a 3-1 lead.

 

The home run parade kept going in the fourth when Gaines jumped on a 2-2 pitch for a two-run home run and continued in the fifth when Benn and Reid-Foley each hit long balls to put the home team comfortably ahead, 8-1.

 

Love would do the rest from there, allowing just the one run on one hit to go along with six strikeouts in the win.

 

Junior Evan Boyd had a two-RBI double in the eighth to extend his hitting streak up to 10 games dating back to last season.

 

Mercer returns to action tomorrow afternoon for game two of its three-game series with Presbyterian. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Claude Smith Field.