MACON, Ga. – The Mercer baseball team overcame an early deficit with some strong relief pitching and timely hitting to pull away for a 10-4 Atlantic Sun Conference win over Belmont on Saturday evening at Claude Smith Field.
With Saturday's win, Mercer (23-14, 6-8 A-Sun) has now won the regular season series with Belmont (24-13, 10-4 A-Sun) for the fifth consecutive year going back to 2008.
The Bears have now won six of their last eight contests and more importantly four of their last five A-Sun Conference games to grab sole possession to sixth place in the league standings.
Things didn't look good for Mercer in the opening stages of the contest as the Bruins came out of the gates swinging. Belmont put up four runs in the top of the first against Bears starter Dimitri Kourtis to take an early 4-0 advantage.
The Orange and Black didn't waste any time generating a response, using a three-run home run from junior Jamie McMillan in the bottom half of the frame to pull within one, at 4-3.
That is the way things stayed until the bottom of the third when junior Evan Boyd ripped a two out two-RBI double to centerfield to give Mercer the lead for good, at 5-4.
From there, the rout was on as the Bears proceeded to score five more unanswered runs over the next four innings of play. Solo home runs by redshirt sophomore Nick Backlund and sophomore DJ Johnson concluded the scoring barrage that made the final score 10-4. For Johnson, the home run was the first of his two-year career in the Orange and Black.
Junior David Teasley picked up the win after getting out of a jam in the bottom of the third inning, but freshman Morgan Pittman was once again the story on the mound. Pittman hurled five no-hit innings of relief in the win, extending his scoreless innings streak up to 11.
Freshman Chesny Young went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored while Boyd had two doubles and three RBI in the win.
Mercer concludes its three-game series with Belmont tomorrow afternoon. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Claude Smith Field and can once again be heard live on your radios on Fox Sports 1670 AM.