No. 23 Mercer Escapes Florida A&M with 7-6 Road Win

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 23 Mercer baseball team scored a run in the eighth and another in the ninth to pull off a 7-6 comeback win over Florida A&M on Wednesday evening at Moore-Kittles Field.

 

After Wednesday night's victory, Mercer (33-12) is now tied with Mississippi State and NC State for the seventh-most wins in the country this season.

 

The Bears jumped all over Florida A&M starter Heath Blackburn to the tune of three runs in the top of the first inning. A two-RBI double by junior Nick Backlund and an RBI-double by senior David Reid-Foley pushed Mercer out to an early 3-0 lead.

 

The Orange and Black continued to swing the bats effectively in the top of the second; using an RBI single by junior Derrick Workman and an RBI double by Backlund to go up 5-1.

 

The scoring settled down as both teams dipped into their bullpens until the Rattlers got a big hit in the bottom of the seventh. With runners on second and third with two outs, sophomore Kevin Singletary pulled a three-run home run just over the fence in left field to give Florida A&M its first lead of the day, at 6-5.

 

Mercer didn't give in, however, generating the tying run with an RBI single by senior Evan Boyd in the eighth and the go-ahead run on an RBI single by sophomore Chensy Young in the ninth.

 

Now up 7-6, the combination of sophomore Dimitri Kourtis and senior David Teasley recorded the final three outs of the contest to secure the road win.  

 

Backlund led the Bears offensive attack by going 2-for-4 with three RBI to push his Atlantic Sun Conference leading total up to 54 in 2013.

 

Mercer stays on the road as it returns to Atlantic Sun Conference play this weekend with a three-game series against USC Upstate starting on April 26. First pitch on Friday evening is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Harley Park.