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No. 24 Mercer closes A-Sun home schedule against Stetson

Coming off its highest win against a ranked team since 2007, the Mercer baseball team wraps up the home portion of its Atlantic Sun Conference schedule with a three-game series against Stetson this weekend starting on May 9 at Claude Smith Field.
MACON, Ga. (MERCER ATHLETICS RELEASE) – Coming off its highest win against a ranked team since 2007, the Mercer baseball team wraps up the home portion of its Atlantic Sun Conference schedule with a three-game series against Stetson this weekend starting on May 9 at Claude Smith Field.

Mercer (35-11, 16-5 A-Sun) takes on the Hatters in game one on Friday evening at 6 p.m., with game two slated for Saturday at 7 p.m. and game three set for a 1 p.m. first pitch on Sunday.

Mercer currently resides in first-place in the A-Sun standings with its 16-5 league mark, but is closely followed by Florida Gulf Coast and Lipscomb who sit just one game and two games back of the Bears, respectively.

Fans can follow the action with live stats or A-Sun TV for Friday and Sunday's contests on MercerBears.com. All fans that attend games this weekend at Claude Smith Field are being asked to sit in the grandstands behind home plate as construction is currently taking place in the right field pavilion area.

PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday
Mercer: RHP Brandon Barker (4-3, 3.29 ERA, 46 K’s)
Stetson: LHP Austin Perez (1-6, 6.35 ERA, 37 K’s)
Saturday
Mercer: LHP Grant Papelian (5-2, 3.65 ERA, 35 K’s)
Stetson: RHP Taylor Cockrell (5-4, 4.71 ERA, 59 K’s)
Sunday
Mercer: RHP Eric Nyquist (7-0, 3.15 ERA, 39 K’s)
Florida Gulf Coast: TBD

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Stetson (20-30, 9-12 A-Sun) enters this weekend’s action playing inspired baseball of late, as the Hatters are 6-6 in their last 12 games and have won two out of their last three Atlantic Sun Conference weekend series. The Hatters have struggled mightily in the field and at the plate this season as they rank ninth in the A-Sun in both team fielding percentage (.958) and team batting average (.262). Sophomore Patrick Mazeika has been a force in Stetson’s line-up this season pacing the squad with a .369 batting average, 37 runs scored and 17 doubles.

LAST TIME OUT
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (MERCER ATHLETICS RELEASE) – The No. 24 Mercer baseball team scored four two-out runs on its way to an impressive 4-2 win over No. 4 Florida on Tuesday evening in front of 2,722 fans at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium. Mercer is now 8-1 in its last nine contests against ranked foes and secured its first win over a top-five team since downing No. 2 Miami 8-5 on February 3, 2007. Leading 2-1, Mercer resorted to what it had been doing well all night long for the knockout punch in the top of the seventh inning. A lead-off walk to freshman Danny Edgeworth was followed up by a two-out two-run home run by senior Michael Massi to push the Bears out to a 4-1 advantage. With the score now 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth, the Gators had a threat brewing with runners on second and third with just one out, but junior Dimitri Kourtis wiggled out of the jam by inducing a pop-out and a fly-out to close out the Bears win for his third save of the season.

FAST FACTS

- Stetson holds a 77-28-1 lead in the all-time series with Mercer. The Bears won the season series between the two clubs last year for the first time since 2009 by taking two-of-three from the Hatters in DeLand. Junior Chesny Young has enjoyed facing off against Stetson pitching over the years, hitting .440 with seven runs scored and six RBI in six games played.
- Senior Derrick Workman is now just one hit shy of breaking the all-time Mercer career record of 264 hits set by Tim Smith in 1980-1983. Workman also currently has 404 career total bases, making him one of only three active players in all of NCAA Division I with 400 or more career total bases.
- Since the start of the 2012 season, Mercer has compiled a 65-15 record at the friendly confines of Claude Smith Field entering play this week. The Bears have out-scored their opponents by a 626-303 margin and have clubbed 97 home runs during that time span compared to only 39 for their opposition. Mercer is 22-2 at home in 2014, with its .917 home winning percentage ranking second-best in the nation behind Cal Poly, and haven’t lost a three-game weekend series at Claude Smith Field since dropping two-of-three to Stetson in March of 2012.
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