MACON, Ga. - The Mercer baseball teams' pitching staff continues to struggle in mid-week games, this time allowing 13 runs in a 13-7 loss to Georgia State on Wednesday evening at Claude Smith Field.
Mercer (17-6) has a team ERA of 3.29 and an overall record of 14-2 in weekend series games this season, but conversely sports a 5.90 team ERA and a 3-4 overall record in mid-week contests in 2013.
Georgia State (15-7) jumped out to a quick start in the top of the first when freshman Matt Rose clubbed a two-run home run in the top of the first inning off Mercer starter Forrest Garrett
to take an early 2-0 lead.
The flood gates opened up on Mercer in the top of the third thanks to a six-run outburst by the Panthers that chased Garrett and two other Bears relievers. Four RBI singles and two bases loaded walks allowed GSU to build an 8-0 lead.
The Orange and Black tried to climb their way back into things with three runs in the bottom of the third and four more in the bottom of the fourth. A three-run home run by junior Nick Backlund
in the fourth made the score 8-7.
Georgia State's offense would prove to be too much in the end, however as it pushed across three runs in the seventh and two more in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach.
Sophomore Chesny Young
led Mercer by going 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored while junior Derrick Workman
finished 2-for-4 with two RBI in the loss.
Mercer returns to Atlantic Sun Conference play this weekend when it travels to the Sunshine State for a three-game series against Stetson. Game one is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch on March 22 at Melching Field.