ATLANTA, Ga. – The Mercer baseball team fought hard all night long, but its late rally attempt came up just short in a 6-4 loss to Georgia Tech on Tuesday evening at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Despite the fact that Mercer (20-14) used eight pitchers in the contest, it couldn't find the right combination to prevent Georgia Tech (20-14) from ruining its perfect mid-week record. The Bears are now 8-1 in mid-week play in the 2012 campaign and were held to five runs or fewer in a mid-week tilt for the first time this season.
Mercer jumped out in front first, using a solo home run by redshirt freshman Austin Barrett and an RBI double by junior Evan Boyd to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. The long ball was Barrett's first of the season and the 41st for the Bears as a team, good for second in the nation entering action on Tuesday evening.
Georgia Tech responded, however, with a three-run bottom half of the frame to re-take the lead at 3-2. The Yellow Jackets used five singles in the inning, the last of which being a two-RBI knock by sophomore Mott Hyde.
The Orange and Black came right back with another run in the top of the third thanks to a bases loaded walk by Barrett to tie things up at 3-3.
The Yellow Jackets continued the see-saw affair in the bottom of the fourth when senior Jake Davies pushed an RBI single up the middle to put Georgia Tech back in front, 4-3.
Tech added on to its lead in the bottom of the sixth thanks to an RBI triple by junior Brandon Thomas and an RBI single by Davies to make the score 6-3.
That is the way things stayed moving into the top of the ninth when Mercer attempted to rally. The Bears had the bases loaded, and had already scratched a run across to make the score 6-4, before sophomore Zane Evans punched out sophomore Derrick Workman to end the game.
Barrett led the Mercer attack offensively, going 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.
Mercer returns to the Atlanta area tomorrow evening for another mid-week contest against Georgia State. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the GSU Baseball Complex.