SARASOTA, Fla. – The Mercer baseball team showed why it's line-up is one of the most potent in the country after taking an impressive 13-5 win over St. John's as part of the Snowbird Baseball Classic on Saturday afternoon in Sarasota, Fla.
Mercer (2-0) clubbed four home runs against St. John's (0-2) to secure its second win over a Big East school in the past the past four years after besting South Florida in 2010.
St. John's got on the board first with a run in the top of the second inning to take a 1-0 lead.
Mercer got its bats going with a little help from the long ball in the bottom of the third. Junior Michael Massi started the party with a solo home run and senior Evan Boyd followed a few batters later with a three-run dinger to make the score 4-1 Mercer.
The Bears continued to light it up offensively with a seven-run bottom of the fourth inning. A two-run single by sophomore Chesny Young and a two-run home run by junior Derrick Workman highlighted the scoring in the frame that pushed Mercer in front by an 11-1 margin.
That would be plenty of support for Bears starting pitcher Brandon Barker. The Woodstock, Ga. native allowed only one run on just four hits with six strikeouts over 5.0 innings pitched to pick up the win.
Mercer wraps up its play in the Snowbird Baseball Classic on Sunday morning when it takes on Big East power Notre Dame. Game time is set for 11 a.m. and fans can follow the action with live stats on www.mercerbears.com.