May 13, 2012

Career Outing by Randall Lifts Mercer to 2-1 Win over North Florida

MACON, Ga. – Redshirt junior David Randall's career day on the mound propelled the Mercer baseball team to a massive 2-1 series clinching victory over North Florida on a soggy Sunday afternoon at Claude Smith Field.

 

With the win, Mercer (33-19, 12-12 A-Sun) now moves back into a tie with Florida Gulf Coast for sixth place in the A-Sun Conference standings with just one weekend left to go in the regular season.

 

For the second day in a row, the Bears received a near-perfect outing from their starting pitcher to steal the weekend series away from UNF.

 

In an effort that quite possibly one-upped Saturday evening's starting pitcher Brandon Barker, Randall battled the rainy weather and a potent UNF line-up to put together the best start of his collegiate career. The tall lefthander from Lawrenceville, Ga. threw a career-long 8.2 innings pitched and struck out a career-best 11 batters to pick up his fourth win of the season.

 

Randall didn't do it alone, however, as the Mercer hitting attack provided him with some early run support that proved to be just enough in the end.

 

A sacrifice fly by redshirt sophomore Nick Backlund and a solo home run by classmate Austin Barrett, his third of the season, in the bottom of the first inning gave the Orange and Black a 2-0 lead.

 

Randall would do the rest from there, allowing just one earned run on seven hits to preserve a 2-1 lead going into the top of the ninth. After Randall got the first two outs, junior David Teasley came on and induced the final batter of the game to ground out to pick up his fifth save of the season and secure the much needed one-run victory for the Bears.

 

Freshman Chesny Young continued his torrid hitting in Sunday's win, going 2-for-3 in the contest to extend his team-leading hitting streak up to an amazing 18 games.

 

Mercer is back in action on Tuesday evening when it welcomes ACC power Georgia Tech into town. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Claude Smith Field.