MACON, Ga. (School Release) - For a second day in a row, the potent Mercer offense was held at bay as the Bears were swept in the final game of a three-game series against the visiting Jacksonville Dolphins, 11-1 on Saturday afternoon.
All told, the Bears (21-9, 9-6 A-Sun) were outscored 26-1 in the series against the Dolphins (26-10, 8-3 A-Sun) and the 11 total Mercer hits are the fewest over a three-game stretch for the team this season.
Jacksonville limited the Bears to just three hits on Saturday with junior Randi Rea coming through to score the lone run to keep the Bears from getting shutout on the weekend. Rea hit her ninth homerun of the season in the bottom of the second, which ties her for the team lead.
Senior Kerri Nidiffer received the start on Saturday but failed to record an out while walking two batters and giving up a single to load the bases in the top of the first. Junior Julia Rice came into the game after an overturned call by the umpires and would stay in to finish out the inning, allowing three runs to score in the first.
Jacksonville's pitching staff continued to show its strength in game three as Victoria Brown provided a scoreless first inning to start the game. Brown gave up just one hit in her two innings of work, the solo homerun to Mercer' Randi Rea in the bottom of the second.
Yesterday's game one starter for Jacksonville, Cecile Gomez came into the game in the third and gave up two hits to load the bases, yet the Bears were unable to capitalize. Singles by both Marissa Botz and Krista Kennedy put Gomez in a bit of a jam, but with two outs Gomez was able to get freshman Ashton Holt to foul out to third to end the inning.
Rice allowed four extra-base hits in the game, including two doubles, a triple and a homerun as Jacksonville scored eight runs over the final three innings to end the game early in five. Nidiffer unfortunately was on the hook for the first two runs to score and was credited with the loss, moving her overall record to 10-10 on the year.
The Bears return to action next Wednesday with a midweek doubleheader at in-state rival Georgia Southern.