April 23, 2013

No. 23 Mercer Stumbles at Florida A&M, 11-5

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 23 Mercer baseball team gave up a season-high 19 hits in a stunning 11-5 road loss to Florida A&M on Tuesday evening at Moore-Kittles Field.

 

Florida A&M (4-37) scored nine runs over the last three innings of the contest to snap a four-game losing streak and earn its first win over Mercer (32-12) since 2008.

 

The Bears got off to a quick start after junior Austin Barrett followed a double from classmate Nick Backlund with an RBI single to give Mercer a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

 

With junior Forrest Garrett piling up zeros on the mound for the Bears, the Mercer bats picked up two more runs in the top of the fourth, courtesy of a two-RBI single by Barrett, to go up 4-0.

 

After cruising through the first four innings, Garrett ran into some trouble in the bottom of the fifth, giving up a two-RBI single to junior Ben Robinson to make the score 4-2.

 

Florida A&M continued its charge with a five-run bottom of the sixth. A balk, a wild pitch, an RBI groundout, an RBI single and an RBI double plated the four runs in the frame that put the home team in front, 7-4.

 

Mercer got one back in the top of the seventh, using an RBI single by Backlund to pull within two, at 7-5.

 

The Bears rally came up short in the end, however, as Florida A&M pushed across four more runs in the bottom of the eighth to secure the win.

 

Barrett paced the Mercer offense in the loss, going 2-for-4 with three RBI.

 

Mercer returns to action tomorrow afternoon when it concludes its mid-week series with Florida A&M. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Moore-Kittles Field.