First baseman Justin Sizemore had two hits in game one, Saturday.
The Mercer Bears plated five runs over the first two innings, en route to a 7-2 victory over the Liberty Flames in the first game of a doubleheader, Saturday afternoon at Claude Smith Field.
Liberty falls to 0-2 on the young season. Mercer moves to 2-0.
Mercer jumped out to a 3-0 advantage in the bottom of the first inning. The second batter of the inning, shortstop Evan Boyd, hit a one-out, solo home run, his first of the year, over the right field wall to stake the host Bears to an early lead. After the next batters, third baseman Jacob Tanis and right fielder Thomas Carroll, walked, designated hitter Joe Winkler followed by dropping a double into center field to plate the second run of the frame. Two batters later, catcher Austin Barrett lined a two-out single through the left side of the infield, scoring Carroll.
The Bears extended their lead in their next at bat. With one out in the second inning, center fielder Billy Burns doubled and scored on a single by Boyd. After the next two Bears singled and walked to load the bases, Winkler lifted a sacrifice fly to the base of the wall in center field, chasing home another run, upping the Mercer advantage to 5-0.
Liberty got on the scoreboard in the third inning. With two outs, shortstop Matt Williams walked. Third baseman Tyler Bream followed by ripping his first home run of the season over the left field fence, cutting the Bear lead to 5-2.
Mercer added to its advantage in the sixth inning. First baseman John Moreland doubled with one out and scored on throwing error by Bream on a two-out grounder by Burns to make it, 6-2.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Moreland hit a solo home run to add an insurance run for the final score of 7-2.
Starting pitcher Blake Forslund takes the loss in his Liberty debut, dropping to 0-1. The right-hander, the first of five Flames to take the mound in the contest, gave up five runs on six hits over four innings. He struck out five and walked four.
Mercer starting pitcher Brandon Love picks up the win in his first outing of 2011. The junior left-hander allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out eight batters and walked two.
First baseman Justin Sizemore had two of Liberty's eight hits in the game. Boyd and Moreland had hits for the Bears.