MACON, Ga. – The Mercer baseball team got a little walk-off magic from freshman Matt Meeder Tuesday evening, using a safety squeeze bunt to edge Butler 3-2 at Claude Smith Field in nonconference action.
Mercer (14-5) had runners on the corners with one out against Butler (5-9) when Meeder delivered a bunt straight at the charging first baseman. He mishandled the ball and freshman catcher Charlie Madden crossed home plate to give the Bears a 3-2 victory.
Junior Morgan Pittman (2-0) received the victory while Kyle Allen (2-2) was saddled with the loss for Butler.
Batting in the lead-off spot, senior Michael Massi had a terrific night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. He scored the first Mercer run after leading off the fourth inning with a single and eventually scoring on junior third baseman Chesny Young's single through the left side. Massi was also involved in two of Mercer's three double plays on the defensive side.
Junior Grant Papelian got the start and pitched two quiet innings for the Bears. Freshman Ryan Askew then entered the game in the third inning and threw three scoreless innings for the Bears. He only allowed three base runners and struck out two. He was on record as the possible winning pitcher when Butler got two runs off of senior Stephen Glaze in the seventh inning to tie the game. Pittman relieved Glaze and finished the game throwing 2.1 scoreless innings to nab the win.
Also turning in a multi-hit night was freshman outfielder Kyle Lewis. He went 2-4 at the plate with a run scored.
In all, the Bears spread out 10 hits on the Bulldogs.
Mercer returns to action Wednesday afternoon against these same Bulldogs in the final contest of the brief two-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.