MACON, Ga. – The Mercer baseball team scored 10 or more runs for the seventh time this season and got a stellar start from freshman Dimitri Kourtis in an 11-0 shutout win over Georgia State on Wednesday evening at Claude Smith Field.
Mercer (13-5) continues to dominate in-state competition, with tonight's victory making it nine-straight wins against schools in the state of Georgia dating back to last season.
Sophomore Austin Barrett got things started for the Bears in the bottom of the first when he roped a two-RBI double to right center to give Mercer an early 2-0 lead.
It would be all Kourtis from that point forward, as the two first inning runs proved to be more than enough run support for the right-hander. The Alpharetta, Ga. native threw five shutout innings and limited the Panthers to just four hits to go along with three strikeouts.
The Orange and Black broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth with a four-run inning. Sophomore Nick Bakclund had an RBI single and junior Evan Boyd collected a two-RBI base knock in the rally to give Mercer a 6-0 advantage.
A collection of relievers including freshmen Grant Papelian and Dawson Brown, seniors Jacob Matthews and Colby Collins and junior David Teasley combined to throw four innings of scoreless relief the rest of the way to secure Mercer's first shutout victory since a 10-0 blanking of Morehead State on February 19.
Boyd led the charge offensively with three hits, three RBI and a run scored while sophomore Nate Moorhouse went 2-for-4 on the evening with a pair of stolen bases.
Mercer returns to action on Friday night when it begins Atlantic Sun Conference play with a three-game series against in-state rival Kennesaw State. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Claude Smith Field.