MACON, Ga. - Just one night after mustering five total hits, the Mercer baseball team showed just how prolific an offense it truly has in an 18-3 win over Savannah State on Wednesday evening at Claude Smith Field.
After totaling just five hits in a road win against Savannah State on Tuesday evening, Mercer (21-7) pounded out 16 hits, including four home runs, on its way to scoring its second-most runs in a single-game this season against the Tigers.
Sophomore Chesny Young spearheaded the Mercer offensive attack, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, three runs scored and a career-high seven RBI.
Juniors Derrick Workman and Nick Backlund were not too far behind, each clubbing a home run and collecting multiple RBI in the win.
Mercer put the game out of reach very early on after scoring 11 total runs over the first three innings against Savannah State starter Ross Hunter.
Home runs by Young and Backlund in the second and a long ball off the batters eye in dead center by Workman in the third gave the Bears a comfortable 11-1 lead after three innings of play.
Sophomore starting pitcher Eric Nyquist was the benefactor of all the early run support, allowing just one run on four hits in five innings pitched to pick up the win in just his second career start.
Sophomore CJ Reed added one more home run for good measure in the bottom of the fourth when he smacked his second career round-tripper over the fence in left field to give Mercer a 14-1 lead.
A trio of relievers in sophomores Mitchell Wade and Ben Lumsden and freshman Ben Spears threw the final four innings of the contest to help secure the win for the Bears.
Mercer is back in action tomorrow evening when it begins a three-game Atlantic Sun Conference series against Jacksonville on Thursday evening. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Claude Smith Field.