The Mercer baseball team dropped to 1-2 on the season with a 5-4 loss Sunday to Virginia Tech, coming up just short in their late rally
The Bears trailed by three heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, but they got back into the game on an RBI double from Nate Moorhouse and a base hit from Charlie Madden to get within one run
But the Bears weren’t able to push the tying run home in the final inning, despite a lead-off double by Danny Edgeworth. Matt Meeder’s sacrifice bunt moved Edgeworth to third with one out, but the Bears couldn’t get Edgeworth home.
“I’m proud of the way our guys fought back after falling behind early and gave us a chance to tie it late,” Mercer head coach Craig Gibson said in a release. “Our pitching was really good after the first inning and we played well overall, but we need to be a little better offensively. We didn’t give ourselves a chance to score until late in the game and it’s hard to beat good teams when you aren’t giving yourself run-producing opportunities throughout the contest.”
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Virginia Tech jumped on top early with hits in each of their first four at-bats as Erik Payne’s three-run home run did the most damage and gave the Hokies a 3-0 lead. They made it 4-0 with a run in the second inning before the Bears scratched for a run in the third.
The Hokies extended their lead back to four with a run in the fifth.
Mercer returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Georgia State and then hosts Kennesaw State on Wednesday.