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Monday, May 29, 2023

The Bears Breakdown: Updates in baseball, tennis and beach volleyball

Mercer pitcher Colton Cosper (white) throws a strike to Griffin Cheney in the first inning of the game against Georgia State University. Cosper threw 69 pitches, let up zero runs, and struck out five GSU batters.
Mercer pitcher Colton Cosper (white) throws a strike to Griffin Cheney in the first inning of the game against Georgia State University. Cosper threw 69 pitches, let up zero runs, and struck out five GSU batters.

Women’s Tennis

The women’s tennis team went 0-3 in their matches this week against the University of North Carolina Greensboro, Samford University, and Eastern Tennessee State University.

The team played UNCG March 19 at Mercer’s campus and were defeated by the Spartans 4-3.

Courville and Tillitt lost 6-2, Yordanova and Rich won 6-2, and Hollyfield and Franchi lost 6-1 in doubles matches.

As for the singles matches, Courville lost 6-4 in both sets, Tillitt won 6-2 and 6-4, and Rich lost in three sets: 6-3, 6-4, and 6-3. Varudandi won 6-2 and 7-5, Hollyfield won 6-4 and 6-2, and Franchi lost 6-1 and 6-2.

The Bears then traveled to Birmingham, Ala. to take on Samford on March 22 and the Bulldogs won 6-1.

The team played Georgia Southern University for the third time this season Wednesday and, falling to the Eagles 4-3.

Tillitt and Franchi picked up the two singles wins. Tillitt won in three sets: 6-0,6-1, and 7-6. Franchi won 6-0, 6-3, and 6-3. The two doubles win came from Courville and Tillitt, winning 7-6 and Rich and Yordanova, winning 7-5.

The Bears now have a 6-11 overall record.

Beach Volleyball

The beach volleyball team went 2-2 at their tournament at Mercer on March 26 and March 27.

On Saturday, the team beat Carson-Newman University 4-1 and defeated State College of Florida 4-1.

In the Carson-Newman match, Polychrones/Boeve defeated their opponents 21-11 and 21-16, O’Mara/Benson won 21-18 and 21-19, and Paddack/Hood won 21-11 and 21-16. Scoggins/Miller won in three sets: 25-17, 21-14, and 15-10. Corbett/Morris picked up the only loss against Carson-Newman in three sets: 21-13, 21-15, and 15-10.

In the match against State College of Florida, Polychrones/Boeve lost in three sets: 21-16, 21-17, and 15-11. O’mara/Benson won in three: 21-15, 21-13, and 15-13. Paddock/Hood won 21-11 and 21-6, Miller/Scoggins won 21-13 in both sets, and Corbett/Morris won 21-8 and 21-9.

On Sunday, the Bears lost 4-1 to Saint Leo University and fell to Jacksonville University 3-2.

In the match against Saint Leo University, Polychrones/Boeve won in three sets: 21-18, 21-10, and 21-19. Paddock/Hood lost 21-18 and 21-15 while O’mara/Benson lost 23-21 and 21-16. Miller/Scoggins lost in three: 21-17, 21-13, and 15-10 and Sanfrey/Leonard lost 21-19 and 21-18.

In the match against the Dolphins, Scoggins/Miller and Benson/O’mara picked up the only two wins, but the team did not pick up the win, bringing their overall record to 4-17 for the season.

Men’s Tennis

The men’s tennis team played the University of Tennessee Chattanooga on Sunday, March 27 and lost to the Mocs 5-2.

Georfadze/Wayenburg defeated their opponents 6-4 and were the only doubles team to win their match. In the fifth singles slot, Barrow defeated his opponent 6-4 and 6-1, and sixth singles slot, Branicki defeated his opponent 6-3 in both sets.

After the loss, the Bears hold a 6-10 record for the season.


The baseball team has had a busy two weeks, going 5-1 from March 22 to March 29.

The bears played Charleston Southern University on March 22 at home and took a 10-2 victory over the Buccaneers.

The Bears forced the Bucs to use ten of their pitchers while Mercer only used three from their bullpen. With a combined 11 hits and eight RBIs from the team, Ryan Lobus picked up the 10-2 win for the Bears.

The Bears hosted Jacksonville State University March 23 and defeated the Gamecocks 7-2. Both teams went through five pitchers, but ultimately Fred Wilson picked up the win after allowing just two runs in the fourth inning. There were two home runs for Mercer, as Treyson Hughes homered to right field in the first inning and Colby Thomas homered to left-center in the sixth. Hughes scored again in the eight on a wild pitch, solidifying the 7-2 win.

The Bears traveled to Utah on March 25 to play a three-game series against the University of Utah and went 2-1. Pitcher Josh Harlow let up a run in the first inning, but Jozsef Rohrbacher answered with a single to center field which brought Antonio Brown in to score and tie the game in the bottom of the first. After the first inning, Mercer would remain scoreless until the sixth inning, when they went on a three-run roll and tied the score 4-4. With two more runs in the seventh and ninth innings, the Bears were able to pull away with the win over the Utes.

On March 26, Mercer lost to the Utes 25-8 and Tanner Hall was handed the loss.

After the off night, the Bears won the third game 11-5 and clinched the series 2-1. Ryan Lobus was again given the win after allowing zero runs on his 29 pitches for the night. Price and Thomas had a combined six hits and five runs, leading the Bears to the 11-5 victory over the Utes.

On Tuesday, Mercer returned home and defeated Georgia State University 15-5. As a team, the Bears had 10 hits and 13 RBIs against the Panthers. In the bottom of the third, Thomas hit a three-run homer over the wall in left field.

Colton Cosper was handed the win that put the Bears’ overall record at 21-5. The Bears will travel to South Orange, New Jersey to play in a three-game series against Seton Hall University starting Friday.


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