Benn's pair of home runs, five RBIs carry Mercer to rout of No. 15 Georgia Tech
MACON, Ga. -- For the third consecutive season, Mercer has earned a win against Georgia Tech, the latest of which coming in the form of a 10-1 victory versus the 15th-ranked Yellow Jackets on Tuesday at Claude Smith Field.
"Any time you have a chance to beat a great program like Georgia Tech it's always a great win and we were able to do that [Tuesday] due to the play of our seniors," head coach Craig Gibson said. "I thought our seniors really set the tone for us both at the plate and on the mound and this was a big home win for us."
The Bears' offense compiled 13 hits and three home runs. Mercer also received balanced pitching performances to hold the high-powered GT offense to season-lows of one run and five hits.
Junior Brandon Barker and senior David Randall pitched the first two innings for Mercer and didn't allow a hit.
The Bears broke the scoreless game in the bottom of the third when sophomore Chesny Young followed up a double by senior Evan Boyd with an RBI single to left field for a 1-0 lead.
After Georgia Tech tied the game at one in the top of the fourth, senior Travis Benn provided the Bears with an answer in the bottom half of the frame. Benn lifted a two-run home run that bounced on top and over the wall in right-center field to push Mercer back in front 3-1.
The Orange and Black put the game out of reach with a seven-run bottom of the eighth inning. Mercer batted around in the frame and received a three-run home run by Benn and a two-run long ball from junior Sasha LaGarde to make the final score 10-1.
Junior Stephen Glaze earned his second win of the season by throwing two frames of scoreless relief while sophomore Dimitri Kourtis picked up his third save of the season by closing out the contest with three shutout innings.
Benn finished 2-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs for his second career multi-home run game. Junior Nick Backlund also went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the win.