MACON, Ga. – Sophomore Derrick Workman drove in five runs and the pitching duo of sophomore Brandon Barker and junior David Teasley helped lift the Mercer baseball team to a 9-3 win over Presbyterian on Saturday afternoon at Claude Smith Field.
Workman ended up going 3-for-5 on the day with a home run and a career-high five RBI, leading a Mercer (7-1) offense that pounded out 12 hits in the day.
The Bears gave Barker plenty of early run support, scoring four runs over the first two innings of play. RBI doubles from sophomore Nick Backlund and Workman keyed the surge that had the home team out in front 4-0.
Barker would cruise from there, allowing just three earned runs on six hits to go along with six strikeouts over 6.1 innings of work.
Presbyterian would not go quietly though, scoring a pair of runs in the seventh to make the score 7-3 and threatening for more with the bases loaded and just one out. Teasley saved the day for Mercer, however, striking out the next two batters he faced to eliminate the threat.
Workman eventually put the game out of reach for the Bears when he pulled a two-run home run over the right field fence, his second of the season, to make the score 9-3.
Mercer will try to go for the three-game series sweep of Presbyterian tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Claude Smith Field.