MACON, Ga. (MERCER RELEASE)- The Mercer baseball team is in search of another much-needed signature win on Tuesday evening when it hosts in-state rival Georgia Tech at Claude Smith Field for a 6 p.m. first pitch.
Mercer (31-10) is currently ranked No. 30 in the ratings percentage index (RPI) according to both BoydsWorld.com and WarrenNolan.com and No. 31 according to NCAA.com. The Bears are 4-0 against top-50 RPI clubs so far this season and a win against the Yellow Jackets (No. 27 in the RPI) on Tuesday night would do wonders in keeping Mercer’s RPI amongst the best in the country.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Georgia Tech (25-16) enters play on Tuesday night coming off a weekend series loss on the road at Maryland. The Yellow Jackets have struggled on the road so far this season, as they are just 5-8 on the road compared to a 20-8 home record. Georgia Tech prides itself on being a very balanced club offensively as it leads the ACC Conference with 403 hits and 551 total bases. Sophomore Matt Gonzalez paces the Jackets lineup batting .325 with 53 hits, 14 doubles and a .442 slugging percentage.
LAST TIME OUT
MACON, Ga. (MERCER RELEASE)– Mercer baseball head coach Craig Gibson won his 350th career game as part of a Bears doubleheader sweep over Northern Kentucky on Saturday evening at Claude Smith Field. Mercer won game one of the doubleheader 10-3 before earning an 8-2 win the nightcap. Senior Michael Massi had a monster day at the plate in the doubleheader sweep for Mercer, going 6-for-9 with two doubles, three runs scored and six RBI. Junior Eric Nyquist picked up the series finale victory by throwing his fourth-straight complete game and allowing just two runs on six hits to go along with five strikeouts.
- Georgia Tech holds a 62-22 lead in the all-time series against Mercer dating back to when accurate records were started in 1955. The Bears have gotten the better of the Yellow Jackets of late, however, posting a 5-2 record against Tech in their last seven meetings, including a perfect 3-0 record in games played in Macon. Mercer earned a 4-1 win over No. 23 Georgia Tech in the first meeting of the season between the two teams on March 25, limiting the Yellow Jackets to just five hits in the road victory.
- Continuing his recent streak of success at the plate again this past weekend, junior Chesny Young was rewarded by being named both the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week and Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week on April 21. The Atlanta, Ga. native hit .800 (8-for-10) for the weekend to help Mercer sweep its three-game series from Northern Kentucky. Young compiled five walks, three runs scored and eight RBI on the weekend in which he recorded multi-hit games in all three games played.
- Senior Derrick Workman is closing in on some worthy individual accolades entering play this week. The Acworth, Ga. native is now just five hits shy of breaking the all-time Mercer career record of 264 hits set by Tim Smith in 1980-1983. Workman also currently has 399 career total bases, with his next hit making him only the second active player in all of NCAA Division I with 400 or more career total bases.