MACON, Ga. – Despite scoring eight or more runs for the 12th time this season, the Mercer bullpen couldn't hold the lead and allowed Georgia Southern to score six runs in the final four innings to come away with a 10-8 win on Tuesday evening at Claude Smith Field.
Mercer (14-4) allowed 10 or more runs for just the third time this season and in the process saw its 15-game home winning streak, which was the fifth-longest home unbeaten run in the country, ended by the Eagles on Tuesday night.
The Bears wasted a great start by sophomore Dimitri Kourtis, who threw 5.1 innings and allowed only two earned runs on four hits to go along with four strikeouts in a no-decision.
After Mercer came back to tie the game at 7-7 in the bottom of the seventh, courtesy of a two-RBI single by senior Travis Benn, Georgia Southern went on the offensive against a trio of Bears relievers.
An RBI double, an RBI single and a sacrifice fly by the Eagles put the visitors in front by a 10-7 margin in the top of the ninth.
The Bears tried to fight their way back into it in the bottom half of the ninth inning, but only brought one run around and ended up leaving the bases loaded to end the game.
Mercer is back in action this weekend when it starts Atlantic Sun Conference play with a three-game series on the road at Kennesaw State. Game one of the series is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. on Friday evening at Stillwell Stadium.