SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Mercer baseball team took advantage of five Savannah State errors to pull out a gritty 6-2 road win over the Tigers in near freezing conditions on Tuesday evening at Tiger Field.
Mercer (20-7) only amassed five hits in the contest, but managed to generate enough offense to pull out the win despite playing in temperatures around the mid-30's and wind gusts approaching 40 miles an hour.
Savannah State got things started offensively when it rallied for two runs in the bottom of the second courtesy of a two-RBI single by senior Antonio Scott to take an early 2-0 lead.
Mercer had an answer just minutes later when it pushed two runs across in the top of the third. An RBI groundout by junior Nick Backlund and an RBI single by Derrick Workman tied things up at 2-2.
Things would stay all square as both team's bullpens came on and held the scoring in check until the Bears plated two runs in the top of the eighth. A pair throwing errors by the Savannah State catcher and an RBI single by junior Sasha LaGarde pushed Mercer ahead by a score of 5-2.
The Bears added an insurance run in the top of the ninth to pad their lead thanks to an RBI double by junior Austin Barrett.
That would be plenty of run support the way junior reliever Stephen Glaze was throwing the ball. The Powder Springs, Ga. native threw six scoreless innings and allowed only three hits while striking out eight to earn the first win of his Mercer career.
Mercer is back in action tomorrow evening when it concludes its mid-week series with Savannah State. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m.at Claude Smith Field.