THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013
Mercer uses the long ball to down Dolphins 13-5
MACON, Ga. ---- The Mercer Bears used four home runs and timely hitting to defeat the Dolphins 13-5 in Macon, Ga. on Thursday evening.
The Dolphins (9-17, 2-2 A-Sun) jumped on top early Jake Huxtable (Winter Springs, Fla./Santa Fe College) reached on a two base error in the first inning. He advanced to third on a ground out by Nathan Koslowski (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal) and scored on a single by Alex McRae (West Allis, Wis./New Berlin Eisenhower). Brady North (Tampa, Fla./Hillsboro CC) then lined a double to the wall scoring McRae and putting the Dolphins up 2-0.
The lead was short lived the Bears (22-7, 5-2 A-Sun) added a pair of runs of their own on a two run homer by preseason All Conference player Derrick Workman to knot the score at 2-2.
The Dolphins kept the heat on in the second. Dylan Dillard (Kissimmee, Fla./Osceola) reached on a two out walk. Zachary Houck (Orange Park, Fla./Eagles View Academy) followed with a single advancing Dillard to third. Huxtable singled to left scoring Dillard and putting the Dolphins ahead 3-2.
The Bears answered back in the bottom of the second with a run on two hits to even the score at 3-3 and then added three more runs on a Nick Backlund three run homer in the bottom of the third.
The Dolphins added a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to cut the lead to 6-5. Huxtable lead off with a single to right. Koslowski followed with a walk. One out later North singled to right scoring Huxtable and advancing Koslowski to third. Ethan Loosen (Uniondale, N.Y./FSCJ) then laid down a perfect suicide squeeze to cut the lead to 6-5.
The Bears brought out the long ball again in the bottom half of the sixth when David Reid Foley homered to deep right of starter Chris Anderson (Lino Lakes, Minn./Centennial) to make it 8-5.
The Bears added five more runs in the bottom half of the seventh. The big blow a grand slam by Austin Barrett to round out the scoring at 13-5.
Anderson (4-2) pitched 6+ innings allowing eight earned runs on eleven hits while striking out ten in the loss.
The Dolphins and Bears will be back in action Friday evening at 6pm. You can follow all the action on www.judolphins.com