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No. 24 Mercer blows late lead in 3-2 loss to Stetson

For just the third time this season, the No. 24 Mercer baseball team lost a game at Claude Smith Field as it allowed Stetson to score three runs over the final two innings of play to drop a 3-2 decision on Saturday evening.
MACON, Ga. (MERCER ATHLETICS RELEASE) – For just the third time this season, the No. 24 Mercer baseball team lost a game at Claude Smith Field as it allowed Stetson to score three runs over the final two innings of play to drop a 3-2 decision on Saturday evening.

Mercer’s (36-12, 17-6 A-Sun) 10-game home winning streak was snapped with the loss which dropped its home record to 23-3 this season. The Bears were 31-1 in 2014 when leading a game after eight innings before the Hatters struck for two runs in the top of the ninth to earn the road win.

Junior Grant Papelian pitched wonderfully in a no-decision effort, allowing just one run on six hits to go along with five strikeouts in eight innings pitched.
Junior Nate Moorhouse paced the Bears line-up, going 2-for-4 with two RBI in the loss.

Mercer lit up the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second when a lead-off single by senior Backlund was followed up by an RBI single by Moorhouse to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.

Both starting pitchers went to work from that point forward, as Papelian and Stetson starter Taylor Cockrell matched zeros over the next four innings of play.

The Bears doubled their lead in the bottom of the seventh when Moorhouse delivered yet again with another two-out RBI single to make the score 2-0.

Stetson would not give up, however, scoring a run in the eighth and plating two more in the ninth courtesy of a sacrifice fly by Cockrell and a wild pitch to come away with the 3-2 win.

Mercer and Stetson conclude their three-game series with a rubber match Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Claude Smith Field. Sunday’s contest will also serve as Senior Day for the Bears eight-member 2014 senior class.

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