JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Mercer baseball team fought back twice on Sunday afternoon to pull out a tough 8-5 win over Jacksonville at John Sessions Stadium.
The victory secured the first Atlantic Sun Conference series sweep in the 2012 campaign for Mercer, who is now a season-high 11 games over .500 at 29-18 overall and 10-11 in A-Sun play.
For the first time in the series Jacksonville lit up the scoreboard first when an RBI single by sophomore Chris Moye gave the home team a 1-0 lead.
The Dolphins added on to their lead in the bottom of the third thanks to an infield single and a sacrifice fly to go ahead 3-0.
The Bears finally broke through in the top of the fourth against Jacksonville starter Drew Woods with a sacrifice fly by junior Travis Benn to bring Mercer within two, at 3-1.
The Orange and Black came all the way back to take the lead after putting up a four-spot in the top of the fifth. A pair of Jacksonville errors, a sacrifice fly by freshman Chesny Young and a two-RBI single by redshirt sophomore Austin Barrett helped the Bears go ahead, 5-3.
Jacksonville put together a comeback of its own, however, pushing across a run in the bottom of the fifth and another in the bottom of the eighth to tie things up. A solo home run by junior Dan Gulbransen off junior David Teasley leveled the score at 5-5.
Mercer was the beneficiary of some good luck in the top of the ninth to retake the lead. A sun aided pinch hit two-RBI double by junior Jamie McMillan and an RBI single by junior Derrick Workman put the Bears back up by an 8-5 margin.
That is the way things would stay as freshman Eric Nyquist racked up a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth inning to pick up his first save of the 2012 campaign.
Barrett and Workman each had two hits in the victory while Teasley pitched 2.1 innings of relief to pick up his fifth win of the season.
Mercer now gets some well deserved time off, receiving a nine-day layoff for final exams. The Bears are back in action on May 8, when they welcome Alabama State to Macon for a two-game mid-week set.