MACON, Ga. (School Release) - After a highly successful first weekend of the 2013 season down in Florida, the Mercer baseball team is set to host Bethune-Cookman in its home opener starting on Saturday afternoon at Claude Smith Field.
The three-game series was originally scheduled to start on Friday at 4 p.m., but heavy rain showers in the area postponed that contest and create a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.
Mercer: RHP Brandon Barker (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Bethune-Cookman: LHP Ali Simpson (0-1, 27.00 ERA)
Mercer: RHP DJ Johnson (0-0, 3.00 ERA)
Bethune-Cookman: RHP Scott Garner (1-0, 7.11 ERA)
Mercer: LHP Grant Papelian (0-1, 4.15 ERA)
Bethune Cookman: LHP Anthony Stokes (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Scouting the Opponents
Bethune-Cookman is just 2-3 on the young season, but already has a pair of signature wins in 2013 over #16 Arizona State and Florida International. The Wildcats have won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) seven years in a row and were once again predicted to win the league according to the MEAC Preseason Coaches' poll. As a team, Bethune-Cookman is batting just .194 and is led at the plate by freshman Chris Biocic who paces the team with a .333 batting average, three RBI and a .429 on-base percentage.
- Mercer moved up to 15th in the College Baseball Daily Top-25 Mid-Major poll after its perfect 3-0 weekend as part of the Snowbird Baseball Classic in Sarasota. Mercer was the biggest riser in the poll, jumping from #25 last week to #15 this week, and is the only school in the Atlantic Sun Conference to crack the top-25, with Kennesaw State in the receiving votes section.
- The Bears have a trio of seniors amongst the Atlantic Sun Active Career Leaders. Evan Boyd leads all active players in the league with 141 runs scored and 44 doubles, senior Travis Benn paces the conference with 21 home runs and senior David Teasley has the most relief appearances (119), wins (21) and strikeouts (164).