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Mercer baseball hosts Georgia State in final mid-week of 2014

The Mercer baseball team looks to sustain all the success its had in mid-week contests this season when it hosts in-state foe Georgia State on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at Claude Smith Field.
MACON, Ga. (MERCER ATHLETICS RELEASE) – The Mercer baseball team looks to sustain all the success its had in mid-week contests this season when it hosts in-state foe Georgia State on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at Claude Smith Field.

Mercer (36-13) has a stellar 12-1 record in mid-week contests this season which includes a pair of road win over Georgia Tech and a road win at Florida.
The Bears also look to regain their touch at Claude Smith Field with Tuesday’s contest against the Panthers after losing back-to-back home games for just the third time since the start of the 2012 campaign.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Georgia State (24-28) enters play on Tuesday evening having most recently dropped two of three in a road Sun Belt Conference series at Louisiana-Monroe this past weekend. The Panthers possess one of the top offenses in the country as they rank in the top-10 nationally in slugging percentage (.465), hits (537), doubles (114), home runs (57) and total bases (838). Senior Nic Wilson is the big bat in the Georgia State lineup as he sports a .335 batting average to go along with team-highs of 19 doubles and 17 home runs. Sophomore Wayne Wages will get the start for the Panthers as the left-hander has a 0-0 record with a 6.75 ERA in 20.0 innings pitched this season. Georgia State took the first meeting of the season between these two clubs, using a walk-off RBI single by Caden Bailey to earn an 8-7 win in Atlanta on April 9.

LAST TIME OUT
MACON, Ga. (MERCER ATHLETICS RELEASE) – For the first time since the beginning of the 2012 season, the No. 24 Mercer baseball team lost a home weekend series when it dropped a 4-3 decision to Stetson on Senior Day on Sunday afternoon at Claude Smith Field. With Sunday's loss, the Bears also slid back into second-place in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings as Florida Gulf Coast jumped a game ahead of Mercer into first-place following its three-game series sweep of East Tennessee State this weekend. Senior Derrick Workman had a solid day at the dish for the Bears, going 3-for-4 with an RBI in the loss. Mercer starter Eric Nyquist took his first loss of the season as he went seven innings and gave up all four runs on nine hits to go along with five strikeouts.

FAST FACTS
- Mercer is currently ranked No. 29 in the ratings percentage index (RPI) and features a perfect 3-0 record against top-50 RPI clubs and a 13-5 mark against top-100 RPI teams this season.
- Senior Derrick Workman continues to climb the Atlantic Sun Conference record books as his 269 hits and 821 at-bats are good for 23rd and 27th-most in A-Sun Conference history, respectively.
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