Nate Moorhouse wasnt happy that his first game in about 11 months would be pushed back a day because of weather.
He took it out on High Points pitchers.
The junior left fielder had four hits as Mercer got past High Point 5-2 and 5-4 on Saturday in the baseball season opener at Claude Smith Field.
Moorhouse had three hits in the first game and a homer in the second for a 4-for-8 day after missing most of last season with a knee injury suffered in March.
Hes a spark plug, Mercer head coach Craig Gibson said. Hes a player. We missed him last year; we really missed him.
The teams finish the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Mercer hosts Florida A&M on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The other news of the day was the end of Chesny Youngs hitting streak. The defending and preseason A-Sun player of the year kept it going with a hit in the first game (he went 2-for-3), but it ended at 31 games -- the longest active streak in the nation -- after he went 0-for-4 in the nightcap.
Nick Backlund and Devin Bonin had two hits apiece in the second game, in which Morgan Pittman came on in a jam in the ninth and survived.
Small ball was the order of the day.
We can do that, said Gibson, whose team is traditionally power-oriented for the dimensions of its home field. Weve got some pieces to do it.
In the opener, both teams got seven hits with only two going for extra bases. Michael Massi drove in three runs with just one hit, the Bears taking advantage of three Panthers errors. Only two Mercer runs were earned.
Brandon Barker went five quality innings, striking out six with no walks. He gave up both of High Points runs, in the first and third and then gave way to Ben Lumsden, Austin Lord, Mitchell Wade, Pittman and Stephen Glaze.
That collection allowed just two hits, and Lumsden survived giving up the only three walks allowed by the Bears.
Barker got us off to a good start, Gibson said. Really was good. Im really proud of the young guys. Lord got his first strikeout. Mitchell Wade was good, Stephen Glaze was good.
Moorhouse had Mercers first homer of the year in the top of the third of the nightcap, driving in Bonin.
Lefty Grant Papelian had runners on second and third with an out in the fifth, thanks in part to a pair of wild pitches, and the Panthers pushed a run across on an infield single. On came Glaze for the second time. He got the save in the opener and ended the fifth and cruised through the sixth.
High Point got a run off of freshman Ryan Askew in the seventh on a single, grounder and two wild pitches, one of which bounced over the grandstand. The Panthers added one in the eighth on a double and infield error but followed that up with a 6-4-3 double play and a strikeout.
High Point made it interesting in the ninth with a single and double, leading to lefty Morgan Pittman taking over on the mound.
A high chop infield single loaded the bases with one out. A run came in on a grounder to second, but Pittman got a fly to right to end it, getting the save for Glaze.
The Bears were without closer Dimitri Kourtis, who began feeling some shoulder pain in warm-ups. Pittman threw 1-2/3 innings of shutout relief in the doubleheader.
I think he has great stuff, Gibson said of Pittman. He hadnt pitched a whole lot in preseason, (arm) has been kinda tender. He comes out (Saturday), good for him. We need that in our bullpen.