Bears Split Pair in Final Day of Indiana State Tournament

MACON, Ga. – The Mercer baseball team completed its Midwest swing by splitting a pair of games on the final day of the Indiana State Tournament on Saturday at Bob Warn Field.

 

After downing South Dakota State 10-2 in game one of its doubleheader, Mercer (14-3) dropped a 10-2 decision to Indiana State in the nightcap for just its second loss in its last 13 games.  

 

In game one, the Bears wasted little time jumping all over South Dakota State starter Stephen Bougher to the tune of six runs over the first two innings of play.

 

Junior Derrick Workman slugged a three-run home run, his fourth of the season, in the first and classmate Nick Backlund hit a two-RBI double in the second to put Mercer in front 6-0.

 

That would be all the run support junior starting pitcher DJ Johnson would need to pick up his third win of the season. The Adel, Ga. product allowed two runs on six while striking out four in five innings pitched. Johnson also extended his personal scoreless innings streak up to 22.0 consecutive innings before allowing a pair of runs in the fifth to halt the incredible run.

 

Game two saw the red-hot Mercer bats silenced by Indiana State All-American starter Sean Manaea. Manaea threw six innings and allowed only two runs while striking out eight to give the host Sycamores the win.

 

Junior Forrest Garrett took the loss for the Bears after allowing four runs on four hits in 2.2 innings pitched.

 

Senior Evan Boyd paced the offense in game two, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base.

 

Mercer returns home next time out for a matchup against in-state rival Georgia Southern on March 12. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Claude Smith Field.