FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2013
Mercer Bears down Dolphins 6-1
Ethan Loosen
Ethan Loosen
MACON, Ga.--The Mercer Bears (23-7, 6-2 ASun) defeated the JU Dolphins (9-18, 2-3 Asun) 6-1 Friday evening at Claude Smith Field in Macon, Ga.

The Bears scored first in the bottom half of the second inning of JU starting pitcher Zach Gordon (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg College). The Bears pushed across a run on two hits to take the lead 1-0.

The Dolphins answered back in the top of the fifth. Ethan Loosen (Uniondale, N.Y./FSCJ) ripped his second single of the day to left. He advanced to second on a passed ball. Nate Ricci (Madison, Wis./LaFollette) advanced Loosen to third with a ground out. Drew Luther (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton College) the laid down a perfect suicide squeeze to knot the score at 1-1.

The Bears answered back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth and followed up with pair in the bottom of the sixth to make it 5-1.

The Bears pushed across an insurance run in the seventh to extend the lead to 6-1.

Gordon (2-5) was tagged with the loss after pitching 5 1/3 innings allowing five runs on nine hits.

The Dolphins and Bears will be back in action on Saturday at 1pm from Claude Smith Field on the campus of Mercer University. You can follow all of the action on