Mercer Bears sweep Trojans on Saturday, win series 2- 1

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 20, 2001

MACON, Ga. – Mercer swept Troy State in a doubleheader, games two and three of a three-game weekend Trans America Athletic Conference series, at Claud Smith Field on Saturday.

Troy State’s right fielder Jonathan Smithers put the first run of the game on the board with a home run in the top of the second inning.

After two scoreless innings, the Bears (16-9, 2-4 TAAC) took the lead with a two-run double by Mike Appalucci in the bottom of the fourth.

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The Trojans (12-10, 1-2 TAAC) then tied thing up, 2-2, in the following inning with a Lance Newman RBI single that scored freshman designated hitter Wade Miller.

Ryan Newton put Mercer back on top, 3-2, for a half inning with a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning, but Troy State’s first baseman Drew Miller would answer in the top of the next inning with his third home run of the year to even up the score once again.

Mercer scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning with a James McDonough home run, his sixth of the season, to give his team 4-3 lead.

In the second game of the day, Troy State took an early lead while Drew Miller nailed a two-run double down the right field line to score Collin Holder and Casey Smith. Holder and Smith both reached on singles.

Mercer scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the third off of a Ryan Newton home run.

Troy State increased its lead, 4-1, in the top of the next inning when junior Josh Kendrick blasted his second home run of the season and senior Ryan Petersen hit a sacrifice fly to move another run home.

The Bears then came back to take their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a grand slam by David Harwell. Mercer then added three more runs with a Brandon Blair RBI single and a James McDonough two-run homer, to put them ahead 8-4.

The Trojans tacked on one more run in the top of the seventh when Kendrick singled in Holder. The efforts left Troy State falling short with a 8-5 loss to Mercer in the third game of the conference series.

Troy State won the first game of the series on Friday against Mercer, 3-2.

Troy State will be back in action against McNeese State in Lake Charles, La., on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Wednesday at 1 p.m.