canada africa partner reservation Bulldogs earn a 12-5 victory over Mercer on Sunday to take the series victory

Bulldogs earn a 12-5 victory over Mercer on Sunday to take the series victory

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Samford University baseball team earned a 12-5 victory over the Mercer Bears on Sunday afternoon in the final game of a Southern Conference series at Joe Lee Griffin Field.

The game was postponed for three hours and 39 minutes in the bottom of the sixth inning due to lightning. The win gave Samford the series victory over Mercer, two games to one. Samford’s record improved to 31-16 overall and 12-3 in Southern Conference play. Mercer fell to 24-22 overall and 5-9 in league play.

Samford head coach Tony David said he was proud of the way his boys fought back Sunday after dropping a 20-15 decision in Saturday’s match.

“You have to be able to hit the ball, you have to be able to catch it and you have to be able to throw it, but our sport is such a mental game with mental toughness,” David said. “After yesterday’s game and all the points that were scored and what we conceded, and then falling behind early today, it says so much about our team from a mental toughness aspect.”

Garrett Howe led Samford in the victory, going 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. Aaron Walton went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI. Andrew Bennett went 2-for-5 with a home run and one RBI. Garrett Staton went 2-for-5 with a double and one RBI. Luke Steele went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while Jackson Harris went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

CarsonLore (2-3) pitched 3.2 innings in relief, gave up no runs on one hit and struckout four batters, helping Samford earn the win on the mound. Alex Flood And Jake Holifield also saw time on the mound for the Bulldogs.

As Mercer, Jackson Cherry, Parker Lester and Ely Brown all homered in the loss. Micah Takac (1-1) took the loss on the mound for the Bears, pitching two-thirds of an inning and allowing one run on one hit.

Mercer got the scoring going with one run in the second inning and three more in the third, creating a 4-0 lead. In the second inning, Brown hit a solo home run to right field for a 1-0 Mercer lead. In the third, Cherry hit a two-run home run to center field to make it 3-0. Lester then hit a solo home run to right field for a 4-0 Mercer advantage.

Samford came back with three runs in the bottom of the third inning to cut the Mercer lead to 4-3. Staton had an RBI double, Howe had an RBI single and Steele delivered an RBI double to bring Samford within one run.

The Bulldogs took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Bennett scored the tying run on a grounder from Hayden Perry. Walton then scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly Josh Rodriguez for a 5-4 Samford lead.

Mercer tied the score in the top of the sixth inning when Antonio Brown singled to left field to bring in Bradley Frye to make it 5-5. In the bottom of the sixth, Bennett homered to left field for a 6-5 Samford lead. The match then entered a weather delay of three hours and 39 minutes. After the intermission, Harris singled to right field to drive in Rodriguez for a 7-5 Samford lead to end the scoring in the bottom of the sixth inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Howe hit a solo home run and Walton hit a two-run homer to lift the lead to 10-5. In the eighth inning, Howe and Anderson each had RBI singles to make it 12-5.

“It was huge to be down 4-0 early and then answer their third with a three and then get two more to take the lead,” said David. “And after the long delay it was great to bounce back and get the momentum back.”

The Bulldogs will host North Alabama at Joe Lee Griffin Field on Tuesday, May 7 at 4 p.m. Fans can also follow the match online via live statistics. For links to follow all of Samford’s games this season, click on the following link: BASEBALL SCHEDULE.





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