MACON, Ga. – For the third time in the last two seasons, the Mercer baseball team defeated in-state power Georgia Tech with a thrilling 4-3 come from behind victory on Tuesday evening at Claude Smith Field.
Trailing 3-2 going into the bottom of the eighth, Mercer (34-19) rallied for two runs, the last of which coming on a suicide squeeze bunt by sophomore DJ Johnson to bring home classmate Nate Moorhouse with the eventual game-winning tally.
Junior David Teasley made sure the late game heroics didn't go to waste, as he capped off another brilliant relief outing with a scoreless top of the ninth inning to preserve the win.
After losing 17-straight contests to Georgia Tech (31-22) dating back to 1998, this much improved Mercer baseball program has taken three of its last four meetings from the Yellow Jackets including a two-game season sweep of Tech last season.
Senior Colby Collins got the start on Tuesday evening and set the Bears up on the right track with a scoreless top of the first inning.
The Orange and Black jumped out in front first with a run in the bottom of the first, due to a bases loaded walk by junior Logan Gaines, and another score in the second thanks to an RBI single by classmate Evan Boyd to take an early 2-0 lead.
The Yellow Jackets responded, however, with a run in the third and another in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2.
Georgia Tech took its first lead of the contest in the top of the seventh, off freshman reliever Dimitri Kourtis, when sophomore Daniel Palka lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to make the score 3-2.
Teasley came on to get the Bears out of the jam and eventually set the stage for Johnson's suicide squeeze and Mercer's late game theatrics.
Moorhouse had one of his best games of the 2012 campaign, going 3-for-4 in the win with two runs scored and a stolen base.
Mercer is back in action on Thursday evening when it welcomes Atlantic Sun Conference leading USC Upstate into town for the final weekend series of the regular season. Game one of the three-game set is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Claude Smith Field.