MACON, Ga. – The Mercer baseball team used a 10-run bottom of the sixth inning to coast to an 18-3 win over Florida A&M on Tuesday afternoon at Claude Smith Field.
Mercer (7-1) had three home runs in the contest and moved its home winning streak up to 10 games, which is the eighth-longest active home winning streak in the country.
Junior Forrest Garrett was the winning pitcher for the Bears, scattering just four hits to go along with four strikeouts in five scoreless innings of work to pick up his first win in a Mercer uniform.
Garrett was the beneficiary of some run support early and often courtesy of a hot Mercer line-up.
With the Bears already leading 3-0, junior Derrick Workman started the home run barrage with a solo shot to put Mercer in front 4-0 in the bottom half of the third inning.
Classmate Nick Backlund got into the act just a few innings later in the bottom of the fifth when he clubbed a three-run home run, tying Workman for the team lead with three long balls, to push the Orange and Black out to an 8-0 advantage.
After Florida A&M scratched across three runs in the top of the sixth off the Bears bullpen, Mercer put the game out of reach with a 10-run bottom half of the frame. Senior Travis Benn highlighted the inning with a grand slam home run to make the final score 18-3. Benn's home run was the 22nd of his career, which is tops amongst all active players in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Five players had multi-hit days for the Orange and Black, including junior Nate Moorhouse who scored a career-high four runs in the win.
Mercer wraps up its two-game mid-week series with Florida A&M tomorrow afternoon. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Claude Smith Field.