MACON, Ga. – Sophomore Ben Lumsden got his first career start on Wednesday evening and threw five scoreless innings to propel the Mercer baseball team to an 11-1 win over Florida A&M at Claude Smith Field.
Mercer (8-1) out-hit Florida A&M 11-4 to secure its 11th-straight home win, which is the seventh-longest active home winning streak in the country.
Lumsden had to shoulder the load for Mercer early on, as the Bears were only able to muster one run off Florida A&M starter Kelvin Singletary over the first three innings of play.
The Dallas, Ga. native simply dominated on the hill, allowing just two hits to go along with three strikeouts in his five scoreless innings of work to pick up his third career win.
The Mercer offense gave Lumsden some run support eventually, with junior Derrick Workman leading the charge in the bottom of the fourth. An RBI groundout by Workman and a double steal by Workman and senior Logan Gaines allowed Gaines to score and widen the Bears advantage to 3-0.
The Orange and Black put the game out of reach with yet another big inning, this time going off for eight runs against the Rattlers in the bottom of the fifth. Six RBI singles, a bases loaded walk and an RBI double by Workman plated the runs in the frame to make the final score 11-1.
Junior Sasha LaGarde had a solid day at the dish, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base in the win.
Mercer wraps up its eight-game homestand with a three-game series against Miami of Ohio starting on March 1. Game one of the series is scheduled for a 6 p.m. first pitch at Claude Smith Field.