No. 24 Mercer’s comeback attempt falls short in 4-3 loss

No. 24 Mercer’s comeback attempt falls short in 4-3 loss

For the first time since the beginning of the 2012 season, the No. 24 Mercer baseball team lost a home weekend series when it dropped a 4-3 decision to Stetson on Senior Day on Sunday afternoon at Claude Smith Field.
MACON, Ga. (MERCER ATHLETICS RELEASE) – For the first time since the beginning of the 2012 season, the No. 24 Mercer baseball team lost a home weekend series when it dropped a 4-3 decision to Stetson on Senior Day on Sunday afternoon at Claude Smith Field.

Mercer (36-13, 17-7 A-Sun) last lost a home weekend series when Stetson came into Macon and took two-of-three from the Bears back in March of 2012. The Bears had gone a perfect 16-0 in home weekend series before dropping the rubber match of its three-game set with the Hatters on Sunday.

With Sunday’s loss, the Bears also slid back into second-place in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings as Florida Gulf Coast jumped a game ahead of Mercer into first-place following its three-game series sweep of East Tennessee State this weekend.

Senior Derrick Workman had a solid day at the dish for the Bears, going 3-for-4 with an RBI in the loss.

Stetson jumped out to an early lead in the top of the third when Tyler Bocock laced a two-RBI single to left field to make the score 2-0.

After both teams’ offenses went stagnant during the middle innings, the Hatters added to their lead in the top of the eighth. An RBI single and a sac fly made the score 4-0 in favor of the visitors.

Mercer started to muster a comeback attempt in the bottom of the eighth, however, using RBI singles by junior Chesny Young and Workman and an RBI groundout by senior Nick Backlund to make the score 4-3.

That would be as close as the Bears would get, though, as Stetson closer Tyler Warmoth pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth to secure the Hatters 4-3 win.

Mercer starter Eric Nyquist took his first loss of the season as he went seven innings and gave up all four runs on nine hits to go along with five strikeouts.
Junior Nate Moorhouse put together his second-straight multi-hit game in the loss, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.

Mercer concludes the non-conference portion of its schedule next time out when it hosts Georgia State on May 13 for a 6 p.m. contest at Claude Smith Field.
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