MACON - The Mercer baseball team used a disciplined approach at the plate to get into Bethune-Cookman's bullpen and rally for a 9-4 win in its 2013 home opener on Saturday evening at Claude Smith Field.
After being shut out by Alabama State on Tuesday, Mercer (4-1) used nine walks and a five-run sixth inning to put the Wildcats away.
Junior Derrick Workman went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI while classmate Michael Massi was 1-for-3 on the evening with a stolen base, a run scored and two RBI.
Bethune Cookman (2-4) jumped on Mercer starting pitcher Brandon Barker to the tune of three runs on three hits to take a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
Barker would settle down from there, working 5.2 innings in the contest and allowing only those three first inning runs while striking out nine.
The Mercer offense came alive in support of Barker in the bottom of the sixth with a five-run outburst. RBI doubles by junior Nate Moorhouse and sophomore Chesny Young highlighted the frame to make the score 6-3.
The Bears tacked on insurance runs in the seventh and eighth courtesy of RBI doubles by Workman, senior Evan Boyd and junior Nick Backlund to pull away for the series opening win.
Senior David Teasley picked up the win to move his record up to an incredible 3-0 thus far in the young season.
Mercer concludes its three-game series with Bethune-Cookman with a doubleheader on Sunday. Game one of the double dip is scheduled for a 12 noon start at Claude Smith Field.