Mercer Hurlers Shut Down No. 23 Georgia Tech in 4-1 Win
ATLANTA, Ga. – For the fourth-straight season the Mercer baseball team has earned a win over Georgia Tech, the latest of which coming in the form of a 4-1 road victory over the 23rd-ranked Yellow Jackets on Tuesday evening at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Mercer (20-6) is just the ninth team in the nation to rack up 20 or more wins thus far in 2014 and is now an impressive 5-2 in its last seven meetings against Georgia Tech (15-10)
"Just a great all around effort by our guys tonight and we showed the maturity and poise to come out of here with a great road win against a solid Georgia Tech club in less than ideal conditions," head coach Craig Gibson said. "We had some great performances on the mound tonight and some clutch two outs hits from Derrick Workman and Sasha LaGarde. Last but not least we got a great outing at the end from Dimitri Kourtis, who looks like he is finally back to his old self which is great news for our club moving forward."
Mercer jumped on the scoreboard first in the top of the third inning after a leadoff double by freshman Matt Meeder was followed by an RBI single by senior Michael Massi to give the Bears an early 1-0 lead.
The Yellow Jackets made sure Mercer's lead was short lived as an RBI groundout by freshman Keenan Innis in the bottom of the fourth tied things up at 1-1.
The Bears reclaimed the lead next time up, however, as a double by Massi and an error by the Georgia Tech second baseman pushed Mercer ahead by a score of 2-1.
Mercer received some clutch hitting in the top of the seventh when senior Derrick Workman delivered a two-out RBI single to give the visitors a 3-1 advantage.
The theme of clutch hitting held true for the Bears in the top of the eighth as senior Sasha LaGarde ripped an RBI single to right field to push Mercer out to a 4-1 lead.
That would be plenty of run support for junior Dimitri Kourtis who pitched the final four innings of the game and allowed no runs while striking out four to pick up his second save of the season.
Senior Austin Barrett paced the Bears offense by reaching base three time on the night thanks to a pair of singles and a walk.
Mercer resumes Atlantic Sun Conference play this weekend when it welcomes North Florida into town for a three-game weekend series at Claude Smith Field starting on March 28.