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Thursday, Dec 1, 2022

Baseball drops win streak, still improves to 15-2 after St. Peter’s blowout

Bears' player Antonio Brown loading up to swing in Mercer's game against Saint Peter's Univeristy. The Bears went on to sweep the series. Credit: Noah Grant
Bears' player Antonio Brown loading up to swing in Mercer's game against Saint Peter's Univeristy. The Bears went on to sweep the series. Credit: Noah Grant

After their walk-off win against Georgia Tech, the Bears played against the Saint Peter’s University Peacocks at OrthoGeorgia Park for three games last weekend, ultimately winning all three games.

The first inning opened with a run from Colby Thomas with Colin Price soon following up with another run. Further into the inning, the bases were loaded with Le Bassett on third base, Angelo DiSpigna on second base, and Trevor Austin on first base. Treyson Hughes came up to bat next with and smashed a grand slam to right center, putting Mercer up big. With another run scored by William Mapes putting the score at 7-0 by the end of the first inning, the Bears had given their pitching room to work.

From there it was history as the Mercer offense fired on all cylinders. The Peacocks would score only two more runs during the ninth inning, ending the game with a 17-4 Mercer victory.

The second and third games ended in the seventh inning as the Bears held the Peacocks to zero runs during both games on Sunday. The doubleheader sweep would see Mercer hit six home runs including five 3-run blasts between the two games. Hughes, Bill Knight and Jozsef Rohrbacher would all hit home runs in the second game, leading to a 19-0 victory.

In the third game, Archibald and Price each whacked three-run homers in the first inning and third inning, respectively. The game ended with Josh Farmer putting out the Peacock’s Nick Markantonatos for a run-rule victory with a score of 22-0.

After their consecutive wins over the weekend, the Bears played the Georgia Southern Eagles on Wednesday. They suffered an 8-3 loss, marking just their second loss on the season.

Mercer managed to score the first run of the game as Thomas scored on an error in the first inning. However, the fourth inning saw the Eagles hit back-to-back home runs, making a 3-run homer followed by a solo homer putting the Bears behind 4-1.

With Hughes scoring his fourth homer of the season at the end of the fourth inning, and Bill Knight scoring an unearned run in the fifth inning, the Bears began to mount a comeback. It was stifled by a series of errors by Mercer, including a wild pitch from Zach Turner and a poor throw from William Mapes, which allowed the Eagles to score four unearned runs to pad their lead in the sixth inning.

Georgia Southern’s Jay Thompson would receive the win after striking out three players in two innings while Mercer’s Ryan Lobus would take the loss after allowing four runs on three hits in five stanzas. The Bears would lose the game at a score of 8-3 against the Eagles at OrthoGeorgia Park.

The Bears will travel to Tampa, Florida on Friday to open a three-game series against the University of South Florida Bulls.


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