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Mercer falls 7-2 in series opener at ETSU

The Mercer baseball team allowed East Tennessee State to plate six runs over the final four innings to suffer a 7-2 series opening loss on Thursday evening at Thomas Stadium.
MACON, Ga. (MERCER ATHLETICS RELEASE) – The Mercer baseball team allowed East Tennessee State to plate six runs over the final four innings to suffer a 7-2 series opening loss on Thursday evening at Thomas Stadium.

Mercer (37-14, 17-8 A-Sun) remains just a game back of first-place Florida Gulf Coast in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings despite tonight’s loss as the Eagles dropped an 11-6 decision at Lipscomb.

The Bears were limited to just seven hits in the loss, the sixth time they have been held to 10 hits or less in their last seven contests.

Both starters dictated play early on as Mercer’s Brandon Barker and ETSU’s Jimmy Nesselt matched zeros on the scoreboard over the first three innings.

The Bears broke up the scoreless tie in the top of the fourth when senior Derrick Workman hit a two-out solo home run, his second long ball in as many games, to give Mercer a 1-0 lead.

ETSU responded with some fireworks of its own in the bottom half of the fourth when Clinton Freeman led off the frame with a solo home run to tie things up at 1-1.
The Buccaneers surged ahead in the bottom of the sixth when Kevin Phillips yanked a three-run home run over the wall in left field to make the score 4-1 in favor of ETSU.

Mercer continued the power display being put on by both teams in the top of the seventh when senior Nick Backlund led off the frame with a solo home run to make the score 4-2 ETSU.

Backlund’s home run was the 36th of his career which is the fifth-most amongst all active players in the NCAA and is tied for the 28th-most in A-Sun Conference history.
 
ETSU put the game out of reach with some insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh. A two-out two-RBI double by Chris Riopedre pushed the Bucs out to a 6-2 lead.

Barker took the loss in the contest, allowing four earned runs on nine hits to go along with six strikeouts in 6.2 innings pitched.

Mercer and ETSU continue their three-game series tomorrow evening with a scheduled 7 p.m. first pitch at Thomas Stadium.
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