MACON, Ga. - The Mercer baseball team got back in the win column with a lightning shortened 5-1 triumph over Savannah State on Tuesday evening at Claude Smith Field.
After the Bears took a 5-1 lead, constant lightning strikes in the surrounding area started in the bottom of the sixth inning forcing a delay. More than an hour and a half later, both the umpires and the respective teams' head coaches decided to call the game since it was already past the five inning official result limit.
Mercer (18-12) used a total of five pitchers in the game to down Savannah State (11-18) and improves its mid-week record to a sparkling 8-0 with the win.
The Bears jumped on the Tigers early with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. RBI singles by redshirt sophomore Nick Backlund and junior Jamie McMillan made the score 2-0.
After Savannah State picked up a run in the top of the fifth, Backlund effectively put the game out of reach with one swing of the bat in the bottom half of the frame. The San Jose, Calif. native crushed a three-run home run, tying junior Logan Gaines for the most on the squad, to centerfield to make the final score 5-1.
Backlund finished 3-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored while freshman Dimitri Kourtis pitched two innings of relief to pick up his team-high fifth win of the season.
Mercer now moves back into Atlantic Sun Conference play this weekend when it travels to Fort Myers for a three-game series with FGCU. Game one of the set is scheduled for 3 p.m. as part of a doubleheader at Swanson Stadium.