Barrett Carries Mercer to 8-5 Win at Florida A&M
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Senior Austin Barrett drove in a career-high six runs to lift the Mercer baseball team to an 8-5 road win over Florida A&M on Wednesday evening at Moore-Kittles Field.
Barrett finished the night going 3-for-5 with a run scored and six RBI, besting his previous career-high of four RBI which he accomplished in a win at Northern Kentucky on May 18, 2013.
Mercer (12-2) swept its four-game season series with Florida A&M with tonight's win and moved into a tie with Alabama State, South Carolina and Florida International for the most wins in the country.
Mercer couldn't have gotten off to a worse start in Wednesday evening's contest as Florida A&M rallied for four runs in the bottom of the first inning against Bears starter Bryce Conley. A three-run home run by Ryan Kennedy and an RBI single by Devin Perry pushed the Rattlers out to an early 4-0 lead.
The Bears stayed composed, however, and pulled even with Florida A&M thanks to a four-run frame of their own in the top of the third. An RBI single by senior Michael Massi and a three-run home run by Barrett, his first long ball of the season, knotted the score up at 4-4.
After the teams traded runs in the fifth inning, Mercer took the lead for good in the top of the sixth courtesy of an RBI single by junior Chesny Young to make the score 6-5.
The Bears added two more insurance runs in the top of the ninth thanks to a two-RBI single by Barrett to make the final score 8-5.
Senior Stephen Glaze picked up the win, his team-leading fourth win of the season, after allowing one earned run in 2.2 innings of work.
Massi went 3-for-5 to tie his career-high with three hits while senior Sasha LaGarde went 2-for-3 and tied his career-best with four runs scored in the win.
Mercer is back in action this weekend when it concludes a season-long eight-game road trip with a three-game series at Auburn starting on March 7. First pitch on Friday evening is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Plainsman Park.