ATLANTA, Ga. – Freshman Charlie Madden capped off a career day at the plate with a clutch two-out RBI double in the top of the 10th inning to guide the Mercer baseball team to a 4-3 extra-inning win at Georgia Tech on Wednesday evening at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Mercer (32-10) has now swept the season series from Georgia Tech (25-17) in two out of the last three seasons and improves its record to 6-2 in its last eight meetings with the Yellow Jackets.
Madden finished the night by tying his career-high in hits by going 3-for-4 with a career-high two doubles and an RBI in the win. Junior Chesny Young also had a multi-hit performance in the victory, going 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored.
Mercer had its chances early on, placing a runner on second base with less than two outs in each of the first four innings, but failed to capitalize on all four opportunities to keep the score tied at 0-0.
On the other side of the coin Bears starter Ryan Askew was stellar on the mound, holding Georgia Tech hitless over his first three innings of work.
Everything changed in the bottom of the fourth, however, as the Yellow Jackets strung three hits together in the frame including an RBI double by Matt Gonzalez and an RBI triple by Thomas Smith to take a 2-0 lead.
The Bears finally converted on yet another quality scoring chance in the top of the fifth. After loading the bases, Mercer used a throwing error by Georgia Tech starting pitcher Ben Parr, an RBI groundout by senior Nick Backlund and a double steal to plate junior Chesny Young from third base to take a 3-2 lead.
The Mercer bullpen took over from there as a combination of senior Stephen Glaze, juniors Ben Lumsden and Grant Papelian and freshman Austin Lord threw three innings of scoreless baseball.
Junior Dimitri Kourtis entered the game for the Bears in the bottom of the eighth and wiggled his way out of a jam after freshman Kyle Lewis gunned a runner out at the plate with a great throw from left field to keep Mercer in front 3-2.
The Yellow Jackets continued to press the issue offensively against Kourtis in the bottom of the ninth and was able to push a run across courtesy of a suicide squeeze bunt by Connor Justus to tie things up at 3-3.
Madden provided an answer for the Bears in the top of the 10th, however, when he lifted a clutch two-out RBI double down the left field line to push the visitors back in front 4-3.
Kourtis would do the rest from there, setting Georgia Tech down in the order in the bottom of the 10th to secure the road win.
Mercer is back in action on April 25 when it travels to Fort Myers for a key three-game Atlantic Sun Conference series with Florida Gulf Coast.