Thursday, April 9, 2015

Mercer series

Dates: April 10th, April 11th, April 12th
Times: 6:00 pm; 2:00 pm; 1:00 pm
Location: Claude Smith Field, Macon, GA
Radio: Catamount Sports Network

This weekend, the Catamounts travel to Macon, Georgia for the first ever series with Mercer as members of the Southern Conference, but it will be the third meeting overall between the programs, with the series tied at 1-1. Mercer won the inaugural game between the two teams, 13-10, in Cullowhee, then the Cats returned the favor in Macon with a final score of 8-7.

The Bears currently lead the SoCon, with a 7-2 record and are 20-14 overall. Mercer has a 10-10 record this season in games played in Macon.

The Bears are coming off a midweek, one run loss to Georgia Tech.  In conference play, they have two game series wins over both the Citadel & Furman, and a series sweep against ETSU.  The Bears also have 2 wins over Georgia, in their home and home series.

The Bears currently sit in last place in the conference in team batting, with a team .268 average and are in second place in team pitching with a 4.26 ERA.  Individually, Kyle Lewis is hitting .385 (4th in the SoCon) with 50 hits and 10 home runs., and Eric Nyquist leads the league in pitching with a 2.62 ERA in nine appearances this season,

Friday night's matchup features two of the top starting pitchers in the SoCon, as league ERA leader Eric Nyquist faces off against fellow right-hander B.J. Nobles and his 3.01 ERA (6th in SoCon).

Probable Starters 
Friday - (WCU) RHP B.J. Nobles (3-1, 3.03 ERA) vs. (MU) RHP Eric Nyquist (4-2, 2.62 ERA)
Saturday - (WCU) LHP Bryan Sammons (2-3, 5.40 ERA) vs. (MU) LHP Grant Papelian (4-1, 3.93 ERA)
Sunday - (WCU) RHP Korey Anderson (3-2, 6.83 ERA) vs. (MU) RHP Ryan Askew (4-3, 4.99 ERA)

Mercer's pregame preview -

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