MACON, Ga. - In a game full of chances offensively, the No. 21 Mercer baseball team simply failed to capitalize in clutch situations in an eventual 6-4 extra inning loss to Belmont on Wednesday afternoon at Claude Smith Field.
Mercer (37-13) left 14 runners on base, one shy of its season-high, and went a combined 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position in the contest.
By contrast, Belmont (33-15) out-hit the Bears 16-8 and scored all six of its runs with two outs showing on the scoreboard.
With the Bruins leading 2-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, the Mercer bats came alive in the frame to the tune of a three-run rally. A solo home run by junior Austin Barrett and a two-run long ball by classmate Nick Backlund, his Atlantic Sun Conference leading 12th of the season, vaulted the Bears out to a 4-2 advantage.
Belmont responded with two runs in the top of the sixth, however, which concluded the scoring in regulation with both teams tied at 4-4.
In extra innings, Belmont plated two runs in the top of the 10th after RBI doubles by sophomores Matt Beaty and Drew Ferguson to take a 6-4 lead.
Mercer tried to rally in the bottom half of the inning putting runners on 1st and 2nd with just one out, but Bruins reliever Dan Huenecke recovered to retire sophomore Chesny Young and junior Derrick Workman to close out the game.
Young went 1-for-6 in the contest to extend his hitting streak to a career-long 19 games while Barrett finished going 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Mercer returns to A-Sun Conference play this weekend when it welcomes East Tennessee State into town for a three-game series starting on May 10. First pitch on Friday evening is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Claude Smith Field.