Bears Use Home Run Barrage to Sweep Double Dip from ASU
MACON, Ga. – Redshirt sophomore Nick Backlund hit three of the Mercer baseball teams' five home runs in a doubleheader sweep of Alabama State on Tuesday evening at Claude Smith Field.
Mercer (31-18) won game one 8-5, and followed it up with a 7-2 triumph in the nightcap.
Mercer's game one win over Alabama State (20-34) was its 30th win of the season, marking the 2012 campaign as its third-straight of at least 30 wins under head coach Craig Gibson. In the 119-year history of the Mercer baseball program, the Bears have strung together three or more 30-plus win seasons on just two occasions from 2010-2012 and 1975-1982.
In total, the Orange and Black used all 13 pitchers on their roster to secure the doubleheader sweep. Freshman Ben Lumsden took home his first collegiate win with two scoreless innings of relief in game one, while sophomore Brandon Barker started game two and earned the win after pitching a scoreless first inning.
Several Mercer hitters had big days in the sweep, but none better than Backlund. The San Jose, Ca. native now has a team-high 15 home runs and his five RBI on the day now puts him in a tie for first in the Atlantic Sun Conference with 49 runs batted in on the season.
Freshman Chesny Young had a team-high four hits in the doubleheader to raise his batting average to .358 while junior Evan Boyd accumulated three more walks tonight to move his A-Sun Conference leading total up to 40.
Mercer returns to A-Sun Conference play this weekend when it welcomes North Florida into town for a three-game series. Game one is set for Friday night at 6 p.m. at Claude Smith Field.