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Local briefs: Mercer baseball rolls

Mercer routs The Citadel in series finale

Two days after suffering through the wrong end of a no-hitter, Mercer recorded its largest margin of victory since 2012 with a 17-0 win Saturday over The Citadel.

It was a little revenge for the 4-0 loss Thursday in which the Bears were held hitless.

Mercer reached double-digit hits for the second straight game, and matched the season high with 17 hits.

Trey Truitt had three hits and a career-high five RBI -- including his second grand slam of the week -- to pace the Bears, who had seven different players record multiple hits. Danny Edgeworth drove in a career-best four runs on 2-for-5 hitting, while Devin Bonin went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBI. Nate Moorhouse finished with a pair of doubles, while Jackson Ware drove in two runs for the fourth time in his past seven contests.

Ryan Askew scattered seven hits in six scoreless innings for his fourth victory of the season. The 6-foot-6 right-hander matched a season high with six strikeouts.

DJ Johnson, Morgan Pittman and Ben Lumsden each threw a scoreless inning to complete Mercer’s third shutout of the season.

Mercer improved to 20-13 overall and 7-2 in the Southern Conference while The Citadel fell to 15-15 and 1-5.

Mercer visits Georgia Tech at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Mercer lacrosse teams pick up wins

Mercer had a good day in lacrosse, with the men knocking off VMI 17-4 and the women dumping Howard 21-15.

The men marched out to a 7-0 lead and stay in control for their fourth straight win.

Chris Bax had a career-high four goal and Jackson Kleintz had seven points. Nearly a dozen Bears players scored.

Mercer improved to 4-5 overall and 4-0 in the Southern Conference while VMI fell to 0-11 and 0-4.

The Bears host Air Force on Saturday.

The women were led by Kate Leone’s eight goals, the Bears boosted by five-goal outings from Kate Christian and Lindsey Zeltwanger.

Goalies Michele Holmes and Haleigh Wurzel each had six saves for Mercer (4-7, 1-0 in A-Sun).

Howard (0-6, 0-4) led most of the first half, but tied it with 22 seconds left and then took an 11-10 lead early in the second period. Mercer answered with eight straight goals.

Mercer visits Jacksonville on Saturday.

GMC softball splits on the road

Offense came and went as GMC split a softball doubleheader at Georgia Highlands, the Bulldogs winning the opener 11-7 and losing the nightcap 6-2.

A seven-run inning keyed the GMC win. Claire Crawford (FPD) and Taylor Little each went 2-for-3 for GMC.

Georgia Highlands took control of the nightcap with three runs in the first inning.

GMC is now 25-16 overall and 7-2 in Georgia College Athletic Association action, and Georgia Highlands is 22-7 and 12-4.

The Bulldogs visit South Georgia on Thursday.