Mercer baseball falls to Alabama, 5-3
The Bears’ offense was held below 10 hits for the first time in their last eight contests, finishing with eight on the night. Devin Bonin and Jackson Ware each had two hits to pace the team, while Danny Edgeworth reached base in three of his four trips to the plate including an eighth-inning double.
DJ Johnson was tagged with the loss, after giving up one run in two innings on the mound. The Bears sent seven pitchers to the mound in the contest, as the unit held the Crimson Tide below their season average for both hits and runs.
Mercer jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second, thanks to back-to-back doubles. Nate Moorhouse started the rally with his 11th double of the season, before scoring one batter later on Howard Joe’s two-bagger down the right field line.
Alabama used a pair of two-outs to answer in the bottom of the third, scoring three times in the frame to grab its first lead of the game. Georgie Salem broke up the Bears’ shutout bid with a RBI single up the middle, before Casey Hughston’s two-run single to right field handed the Crimson Tide a 3-1 advantage.
Mercer put its first two runners aboard to open up the fourth, before back-to-back RBIs from Moorhouse and Joe knotted the game at 3-3.
However, Alabama would regain the lead, 4-3, in the home half on Will Haynie’s run-scoring single. The Crimson Tide added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh on Hughston’s second RBI of the night to grab a 5-3 advantage.
Mercer put runners in scoring position in each of the final three innings, but was unable to cut into the deficit.
The Bears will close out Southern Conference play this weekend, as they host Samford for a three-game series with SoCon regular-season title implications at Claude Smith Field. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 14.