Bears Lose Extra Inning Heartbreaker to High Point, 4-3
HIGH POINT, N.C. – An RBI single by junior Ryan Retz sent High Point to a 4-3 walk-off win in the 11th inning over the Mercer baseball team on Saturday afternoon at Williard Stadium.
With the loss, Mercer (10-2) saw its winning streak snapped at nine games, while High Point (7-5) snapped a three-game losing streak with the win.
Lost in the shuffle was the excellent pitching performance delivered by sophomore Brandon Barker. The Woodstock, Ga. product threw eight innings of quality baseball and allowed just three runs, only two of which were earned, in a tough no-decision.
For the first time in its last five games, Mercer didn't score first as the Panthers put up the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning. An RBI double from freshman Stephen Wytiaz made the score 1-0 in favor of the home team.
High Point starter Matt Armstead took that one run and went to work against the Bears bats. Armstead allowed just one hit while striking out three over the first five innings of his start.
The Orange and Black bats finally woke up in the top of the sixth, plating the game-tying run. After a bunt single by sophomore Nate Moorhouse, classmate Derrick Workman laced an RBI triple down the right field line to tie the game at 1-1.
Mercer didn't stop there, however, plating a run apiece in the seventh and eighth innings. Junior Travis Benn lead-off the seventh with a solo home run, his fourth of the season, and classmate Logan Gaines added an RBI single in the eighth to put the Bears out in front, 3-1.
High Point came right back with two runs of its own in the eighth and ninth to send the game into extra innings. The Panthers scraped an unearned run across in the eighth and used a sacrifice fly by junior Devin Bujnovsky in the bottom of the ninth to tie things up at 3-3.
The home team walked away with the victory when Retz delivered with the clutch hit off freshman Dawson Brown, who was working his second inning of relief.
Workman finished with a team-high three hits, while Moorhouse went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in the loss.
Mercer wraps up its three-game series against High Point tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Williard Stadium.