MACON, Ga. (MERCER RELEASE) – The Mercer baseball team continues to grind through one of its busiest stretches of the 2014 season when it travels to Statesboro for a game against Georgia Southern on April 15 at 6 p.m. at J.I. Clements Stadium.
Mercer (28-10) is right in the middle of a brutal stretch that has it playing 12 games over a 15-day span. The Bears have weathered the storm thus far, however, posting a 5-3 record eight games in.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Georgia Southern enters Tuesday's contest coming off a weekend series in which is dropped two-of-three contests against UNC-Greensboro. The Eagles are 3-3 against fellow Peach State foes in 2014, compared to the Bears 4-2 mark. Georgia Southern has one of the most explosive offenses in the nation, ranking fourth with 40 home runs, fifth with 284 runs scored and sixth in the country with 402 hits. Freshman Garrett Chapman had led the charge for the Eagles offense this season, sporting a team-best .371 batting average to go along with five home runs and 31 runs scored. Georgia Southern will start freshman Caleb Pressey (0-0, 9.00 ERA, 6 K’s) against Mercer on Tuesday in just his second start of the season.
LAST TIME OUT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (MERCER RELEASE) – 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.
Sunday was all about Nyquist, 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.
Mercer managed to score its two runs in the game courtesy of a perfect safety squeeze bunt by junior Chesny Young in the top of the sixth and a bases loaded walk by classmate Nate Moorhouse in the top of the ninth.
- Junior Eric Nyquist was honored by being named the Atlantic Sun Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week on Monday afternoon. The weekly conference award is the first of Nyquist's career and pulls Mercer into a tie with Lipscomb for the most A-Sun weekly honors this season, with four.
- Nyquist now leads the A-Sun with three complete games this season and became the first A-Sun Conference pitcher to throw back-to-back complete game shutouts since Kennesaw State's Chad Jenkins accomplished the feat in April of 2009.
- Two big milestones are quickly approaching for the Bears as head coach Craig Gibson sits just two wins away from 350 career victories while senior Derrick Workman is just eight hits shy of breaking the all-time Mercer career record of 264 hits set by Tim Smith in 1980-1983.