Nate Moorhouse hasnt taken a swing in a game since March 8, thanks to a ripped-up knee during a game against South Dakota State.
Hes back atop Mercers lineup and is just a little bit antsy, to say the least.
Its been about a year since I played a live baseball game, the junior left fielder from Wilcox County said. Im gonna be hacking. I am gonna be hacking.
Hell finally get that chance when Mercer entertains High Point on Saturday in both teams season opener. Theyll play a doubleheader Saturday and single game Sunday.
As he stood on a clean field under the sun Thursday, Moorhouse had a feeling hed have to wait, thanks to bad weather that hammered the Southeast.
They say we might not play Friday, he said. I got a little irritated.
Hell try to irritate the Panthers, who went 29-29 last year, including 15-9 in the Big South. They have five position starters back, led by outfielder Cody Manzella (.344). First baseman Spencer Angelis batted .319 en route to all-conference honors.
The teams met at High Point in 2012 with the hosts taking the series 2-1, losing the opener 5-2 and then getting 4-3 and 3-1 wins.
Mercer will open the season with 10 home games, hosting Florida A&M on Tuesday and Wednesday and then Evansville next weekend.