Big Inning Lifts Mercer to 12-4 Win at Alabama State
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Mercer baseball team sent 15 men to the plate in a jailbreak top of the seventh inning to pull away from Alabama State for a 12-4 road win on Tuesday evening at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex.
The nine-run inning for Mercer (23-7) was its highest single-inning run total since plating 10 runs in the bottom of the sixth in an 18-3 home win over Florida A&M in February of 2013.
Junior Chesny Young paced the Bears offense that featured six players who recorded multi-hit games by going 3-for-5 with a run scored and four RBI in the win.
Mercer jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Alabama State starter Normando Valentin courtesy of an RBI single by Young.
The Bears lead would be short lived, however, as an RBI triple by Cesar Rivera and a sacrifice fly by Richard Gonzalez pushed Alabama State out to a 2-1 lead through the first inning of play.
The back-and-forth affair continued in the bottom of the third as a solo home run by Gonzalez and an RBI single up the middle by Branden Castro pushed Alabama State back in front, 4-2.
Mercer cut into the Hornets lead in the top of the fourth after a leadoff double by senior Nick Backlund and a sacrifice fly by Madden made the score 4-3 Alabama State.
After both teams' bullpens quieted things down, the Bears broke out in a big way with their nine-run top of the seventh inning that concluded with Mercer holding a 12-4 lead. Among the highlights in the frame included a pair of RBI singles by Young, a two-RBI senior Sasha LaGarde and an RBI double from senior Derrick Workman.
Senior Stephen Glaze picked up the win, his team-high fifth of the season, after throwing 3.1 innings of hitless relief to go along with five strikeouts.
Mercer returns to Atlantic Sun Conference play this weekend when it hosts USC Upstate for a three-game weekend series starting on April 11.