Mercer hits the road to face Georgia Tech

The numbers don’t lie. The Mercer baseball team isn’t intimidated by the state’s higher profile programs.

The Bears already have knocked off Georgia twice this season, and they head to Atlanta on Tuesday to face off with Georgia Tech.

Mercer beat Georgia Tech twice last season and twice in 2011. The two teams split in 2012 and 2013.

“We have played them well lately, so hopefully we can play well (Tuesday),” Mercer head coach Craig Gibson said. “I look at this like the Georgia game. We know each other really well. A bunch of our guys play with their guys. They play together in summer ball. So there are relationships.”

Senior DJ Johnson will start on the mound for the Bears, who will play without sophomore outfielder Kyle Lewis, who has mononucleosis. Gibson said he hopes Lewis will be back for this weekend’s Southern Conference series against Western Carolina.

Mercer is 20-13 and has gone 10-3 on the road. Georgia Tech is 21-11, including 11-4 at home.

The Bears and Yellow Jackets will play again May 6 in Macon.

“Of course, they are one of the best teams in the country, so it’s always a challenge to play games like that,” Gibson said.