Eagles Lose to Mercer
Mercer (20-28) loaded the bases off Burt Barto (Columbus/Columbus) thanks to a double, walk and single to start the game. One run came on a passed ball then another came home on Mike Armstrong’s RBI groundout. Barto got two more groundouts to end the threat.
GS got a run back in the fourth without a base hit. Parker and A.J. Wirnsberger (
Michael Langley hit a leadoff home run in the fifth, extending the Bears lead to 3-1.
Southwell hit a one-out double in the sixth and scored on
The Bears scored two in the seventh then added another run in the eighth on Tyler Brown’s leadoff home run.
In the eighth, the Eagles cut the deficit in half. Chris Shehan (Strasburg, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg) was hit by a pitch. Parker greeted relief pitcher Michael Shaw with a 2-run opposite field home run, his ninth shot this year and 30th of his career.
Barto (2-2) allowed the two runs on just three hits in three innings. He walked two and struck out two. After loading the bases in the first Barto and Michael Hester (Evans/Greenbrier) retired 12 of the next 14 batters before
Shehan finished 2-for-3 with two doubles. Parker drove in two and scored two times. Wirnsberger, Ty Wright (Montrose/West Laurens) and Phillip Porter (Marietta/Sprayberry) all had their nine-game hitting streak come to an end.
The Eagles were held to eight hits, ending a streak of nine straight games recording double-digit hits. The game time of two hours, 27 minutes was the shortest home game this season and second overall.
Starter David Harden (4-1) only pitched one inning but recorded the win. Josh Lowey worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his third save. Matt Crawford and Joe Winker had two hits apiece.
The Eagles conclude their home schedule this weekend against UNC Greensboro. The three-game Southern Conference series begins Friday night (May 9), first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.
- Category: Baseball
- Published on Monday, 05 May 2008 00:01