MACON, Ga. – The Mercer baseball team erupted offensively on its way to a convincing 18-7 win over USC Upstate on Friday evening at Claude Smith Field.
The Bears scored 18 runs on 21 hits, including a 10-run bottom of the sixth inning, and had every starter tally at least one hit and score at least one run in the contest.
The win now puts Mercer (36-19, 14-12 A-Sun) a half game ahead Florida Gulf Coast, who was idle today due to a rain out, for sixth place in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings with just one regular season game remaining.
After USC Upstate scored four runs in the top of the sixth, highlighted by an inside the park home run by senior Austin Liput, to take a 7-5 lead Mercer went off in its half of the frame.
The Bears batted around and put up 10 runs on eight hits in the bottom of the sixth to blow the game wide open. Junior David Reid-Foley and sophomore DJ Johnson each scored twice and had two singles in the rally to make the score 15-7.
Redshirt junior David Randall got the start for the Orange and Black and pitched well, going five innings and allowing just two earned runs on eight hits to go along with seven strikeouts in a no-decision.
A day after setting his career-high with five hits, Johnson duplicated the effort on Friday night pounding out five more hits as part of a perfect 5-for-5 day at the plate to go along with three RBI and two runs scored.
Mercer and USC Upstate conclude its three-game series tomorrow afternoon. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Claude Smith Field and will be preceded by Senior Day ceremonies for pitchers Brandon Love, Jacob Matthews and Colby Collins.