Mercer still rolling despite snapped streak

Mercer First Baseman Hunter Bening talks about the Bears bouncing back after Tuesday's loss at Georgia Tech. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

MACON, GA -- As much as they hoped it would last, the winning streak for Craig Gibson's Mercer Bears eventually had to come to an end.

Tuesday night the Bears fell at Georgia Tech 8-5 snapping their 11-game winning streak. The head Bear in charge wasn't thrilled with the loss but he's optimistic good can come from defeat.

"I told the guys I hope we can win 11 more," Gibson said. "They beat us the last time so maybe we can run 11 more off but we went over some things in practice the next day that we sort of got exposed on Tuesday night and hopefully that will make us better for the stretch run."

Still at 32-7 with a three-game lead for first place in the Southern Conference, Mercer continues to serve as a juggernaut offensively. The team's 67 home runs ranks third nationally and the long ball has become a staple of the Bears' offense.

"It's a lot of fun because anyone in the lineup can hit one out at any time," said First Baseman Hunter Bening. "It's really exciting because you're never out of a game and we can score a lot or runs every game."

Mercer returns to action Friday night in Charleston, SC beginning a three-game series with the Citadel.

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