MACON, Ga. (School Release)- The Mercer baseball team has a huge opportunity to pick up another marque win this season when it hosts No. 12 Georgia Tech on April 2 at 6 p.m. at Claude Smith Field.
Mercer (23-8) already has Top-100 ratings percentage index (RPI) wins over Ohio State (No. 54), Notre Dame (No. 7), Miami-Ohio (No. 96) and Indiana State (No. 81) this season and is in search of a win against Georgia Tech for the third-straight season.
The Bears are going to throw RHP Brandon Barker for an inning before resorting to a staff day on the mound for the game while the Yellow Jackets have yet to announce a starter for Tuesday night yet.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Georgia Tech (21-6) is having yet another stellar year on the Flats, as it's ranked in the top-20 in every major national baseball poll. The Yellow Jackets were victorious in their first meeting against Mercer, using an 18-hit barrage to take a 16-9 win in Atlanta on March 5. Georgia Tech has simply battered opponents with its high-octane offense so far this season, ranking first in the Atlantic Coast Conference in batting average (.345), slugging percentage (.513), runs scored (237) and home runs (29). Junior Daniel Palka paces three Yellow Jacket hitters who are batting .400 or better in their line-up with a .416 average, eight home runs and 36 RBI.
LAST TIME OUT
MACON, Ga. - The Mercer baseball team's bid to sweep its three-game weekend series with Jacksonville came up just short in a 5-2 loss to the Dolphins on March 30 at Claude Smith Field. Mercer still sits in a tie for first in the A-Sun Conference standings through the first three weeks of league play despite the loss and has yet to lose a weekend series thus far in 2013. With the score tied at 1-1 going into the top of the sixth, the Dolphins changed the entire complexion of the game with a single swing. With runners on first and second with two outs, junior Brady North hooked a pitch from Bears starter DJ Johnson just around the right field foul pole to give Jacksonville a 4-1 lead. Johnson pitched well in defeat, allowing three earned runs to go along with seven strikeouts in six innings pitched in his first loss of the season.
- Head coach Craig Gibson recently captured his 300th career win with a 6-1 victory over Jacksonville on March 29. Gibson now has a career record of 300-241 in his 10 years at the helm of the Bears and is just the third head coach to tally at least 300 career wins in the 64-year modern history of the Mercer baseball program.
- Tuesday night is also Fan Appreciation Night at Claude Smith Field, meaning that any Bears fan that wears Mercer apparel to the game gets in free of charge!!