Mercer baseball drops 2-1 decision at Lipscomb

Mercer baseball drops 2-1 decision at Lipscomb

Senior Sasha LaGarde went 2-for-4 at the plate and junior starting pitcher Grant Papelian allowed just two earned runs as the Mercer baseball team fell by a 2-1 count to Lipscomb on Saturday Ken Dugan Field.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (MERCER RELEASE) – Senior Sasha LaGarde went 2-for-4 at the plate and junior starting pitcher Grant Papelian allowed just two earned runs as the Mercer baseball team fell by a 2-1 count to Lipscomb on Saturday Ken Dugan Field.

Mercer lost its third-straight game and fell to 27-10 (10-4 A-Sun) while Lipscomb pushed its winning streak to six-straight while moving to 24-12 (12-2 A-Sun).

Lipscomb scored both of their runs in the first inning, as back-to-back hits at the start of the game led to a sacrifice fly and a ground-out RBI. From there, Papelian buckled down and allow just three hits and no earned runs over the next four innings, but the damage had been done.

Mercer booked its run in the fourth inning as hits by junior Chesny Young and senior Derrick Workman set the stage for junior Devin Bonin to register an RBI on a fielder’s choice. The rally was halted, however, as the Bears left two men on base after Lipscomb junior Hunter Brothers induced a strikeout and a ground out for the next two batters.

Senior Dimitri Kountkis came on in relief for Mercer and surrendered just two hits in three innings of work. Senior Nick Backlund joined LaGarde and Young with hits in the losing effort.

Mercer will try and salvage the final game of the series on Sunday, as the teams square off in a 2 p.m. first pitch.

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