NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Junior Eric Nyquist threw his third-straight complete game and second-straight complete game shutout to lift the Mercer baseball team to a 2-0 series finale victory at Lipscomb on Sunday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field.
Mercer (28-10, 11-4 A-Sun) now sits in third-place in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings following today's win, but just a game behind Lipscomb (24-13, 12-3 A-Sun) for first-place in the league.
Sunday was all about Nyquist, however, as he allowed no runs on just two hits to go along with a career-high six strikeouts in a tidy 111-pitch complete game. Over his last three starts, the Alpharetta, Ga. native has allowed three runs on 12 hits to go along with 13 strikeouts compared to just one walk in 25 innings pitched.
Nyquist now moves into the A-Sun lead with three complete games this season, the first time a Mercer pitcher has accumulated three or more complete games in a season since Hunter Abercrombie racked up four complete games back in 2005.
Game three of the series started as an old-fashion pitcher's duel between Nyquist and Lipscomb's Denton Norman. Both hurlers matched zeros on the scoreboard over the first five innings of play and combined to allow just three hits over that span.
The Bears finally broke up the scoreless tie in the top of the sixth thanks to some timely hitting and solid small ball execution. Following a pair of singles by freshman Kyle Lewis and senior Michael Massi, junior Chesny Young laid down a perfect safety squeeze bunt to bring Lewis home and give Mercer a 1-0 lead.
Mercer added an insurance run in the top of the ninth after junior Nate Moorhouse drew a bases loaded walk to double the Bears lead to 2-0.
Nyquist did the rest, retiring the Bisons in order in the bottom of the ninth to secure his sixth win of the season.
Young went 1-for-2 in the game with a walk, an RBI and a run scored.
Mercer is back in action on April 15 when it travels to Statesboro to take on Georgia Southern Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at 6 p.m. at J.I. Clements Stadium.