TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Mercer baseball team received strong pitching from freshman Ryan Askew and just enough offense to come away with a 3-0 win at Florida A&M on Tuesday evening at Moore-Kittles Field.
Mercer (11-2) held Florida A&M to just six hits in the game for its first shutout since a 2-0 home win over East Tennessee State on May 18, 2013.
It was a slow start for both teams offensively as neither squad pushed a run across through the first five innings of play. The combination of senior Brandon Barker and Askew limited Florida A&M to just one hit over the first five frames to keep the score knotted at 0-0.
The Mercer bats finally came alive in the top of the sixth to the tune of three runs. An RBI double by senior Austin Barrett coupled with a Florida A&M error and a suicide squeeze bunt by freshman Charlie Madden made the score 3-0 Bears.
That would be all the run support Askew would need on the evening as the tall right-hander was spectacular for the Bears all night long. The Suwanee, Ga. native threw a career-high seven innings and allowed no runs on just four hits while striking out a career-high six batters to earn his first collegiate win.
Junior Ben Lumsden came on in the ninth and pitched a scoreless inning of relief to pick up his Atlantic Sun Conference leading fourth save of the season.
Barrett finished 1-for-3 with a walk, a double, an RBI and a run scored to lead the Bears offensive attack.
Mercer concludes its two-game mid-week series with Florida A&M tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. at Moore-Kittles Field.