Thursday, March 30, 2023

Weekend Series - Mercer Bears

Who: Mercer Bears 
When: March 31 - Apr 2, 2023 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Time: 6:00 pm, 2 pm, & 1 pm
Where: OrthoGeorgia Park, Macon, GA
TV/video: ESPN+
Live Stats: Mercer Live Stats
Colors: Orange & Black

Head Coach
: Craig Gibson, 20 seasons as Mercer Head Coach (Hired in 2004)
Overall Record: 645-433 (20th); SoCon 105-62 (9th)

This season's record: 16-9 overall, 9-6 home, 7-3 away, 0-0 neutral, 2-1 Southern.

The Series: The Cats are 13-14 overall vs. the Bears, in a series that started in 2007. The Cats are 6-3 in games played in Macon, and are 9-10 in SoCon games since the Bears joined the SoCon. The two teams are 5-5 in the last ten games played between the two.

Mercer was selected to finish second in both the SoCon preseason polls by the coaches and Media. Outfielder Treyson Hughes, was selected for first team preseason honors, while Jozsef Rohrbacher & Josh Harlow received second team honors. The Bears took two of three games against the Citadel to open conference play between those two teams.

Despite ranking at the bottom of the eight-team SoCon in team batting average at .270 collectively, the potent Bear lineup leads the league with 37 home runs on the year . Mercer ranks fourth in the SoCon with 72 total extra-base hits and has the fifth-best slugging percentage at .438. On the mound, Mercer ranks sixth with a 6.34 collective ERA with a .278 batting average against. Bear pitching ranks second in the SoCon with 226 team strikeouts, 59 of which have been looking.

Game 1 – Friday, March 31 | 6:00 pm | Coverage: ESPN3 | LiveStats
Projected Pitching Match-up:
WCU – Grad. RHP Nick Torres (3-1, 1.71 ERA; 10 app., 0 GS, 21.0 IP, 18K, 5BB)
MER – Soph. LHP Colton Cosper (0-2 7.63 ERA; 8 app., 2 GS, 15.1 IP, 10K, 7BB)

Game 2 – Saturday, March 25 | 2:00 pm | Coverage: LiveStats
Projected Pitching Match-up:

Game 3 – Sunday, March 26 | 1:00 pm | Coverage: LiveStats
Projected Pitching Match-up:

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