Mercer baseball stays hot, rolls Savannah State 10-1

Alex Hanson led the Bears with three hits at the plate after being hitless in his last two games./(Cam Gaskins, WGXA)

MACON Ga. -- With each passing game from the Mercer Bears, the bats on this team keep proving head coach Craig Gibson and his "work in progress" comments wrong. Today the Mercer offense exploded for 10 runs against Savannah State, beating the Tigers 10-1 at OrthoGeorgia Park. This was the sixth time the Bears have scored 10 or more runs in a game this season.

Sawyer Gipson-Long was the star of this game, throwing a complete game 1-hitter, striking out a career-high 10 batters and walking three. The one run he allowed was unearned.

“I’m proud of my performance…it felt like I had my “A-Game” out there, honestly,” Gipson-Long said. “It was definitely the best stuff I’ve had all season. I was hitting all my spots and every pitch was working for me.

He took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, when a one-out blooper off the bat of Freddie Landers landed just out of the reach of shortstop RJ Yeager's glove.

“It’s just unbelievable; one of the best performances I’ve seen in the 25 years I’ve been a part of this program,” said head coach Craig Gibson. “I’ve never seen a guy with such command and composure. It was his night…everything was working for him and we needed him.”

Gipson-Long's performance dropped his ERA to 3.74 and gave him his second win of the season, he's now 2-0.

Centerfielder Alex Hanson led the way for the Bears at the plate, collecting three hits and driving in two runs after going hit-less in his last two games.

The Bears return to action on Friday when they travel to Manhattan, Kan. to take on the Kansas State Wildcats, first pitch at 4:00 p.m.

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