Eight different Mercer pitchers combined to hand The Citadel its first shutout loss at home since 2005 in a 5-0 decision Tuesday night at Riley Park.
The Citadel (30-20) scattered five hits over nine innings, but could not string anything together all night against a rotating door of pitcher used by Mercer (29-20). The Bears used a predetermined split coming into the game with their pitching staff and kept Bulldog hitters off balance all night.
The Bears have now won nine of their last ten games, while the Bulldogs dropped their fifth contest in their last seven games.
The last time The Citadel was shutout at home came back on April 26, 2005 against East Carolina. The Pirates blanked the Bulldogs, 3-0 at Riley Park.
Nick Orvin started the game off on the right foot with a bloop single that dropped into center to leadoff for the Bulldogs, but Mercer starting pitcher Matt McCall retired the remaining three Bulldogs to smother the threat.
Mercer scored off Bulldog start TJ Clarkson in the top of the second as Thomas Carroll led the inning off with a walk and moved to third on a base hit by Michael Langley. Nick DiMauro then sacrificed up the first base line to score Carroll and advance Langley to third to put the Bears up, 1-0.
The Bears manufactured another run in the third as Billy Burns reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on an RBI single by Jacob Tanis to make it 2-0. A solo homer by John Moreland in the fifth made it 3-0 and chased Clarkson (1-4) from the game.
E--Boyd, Jordan. DP--Mecer 2. LOB--Mercer 5, Citadel 6. 2B--McCarty, Winker. HR--Carroll, Moreland. SH--Dimauro, Boyd, Felder. SB--Altman. CS--Langley, Boyd.
WP--Love, Clarkson. PB--Dimauro 2, Richards.
Time--2:24. Att: 304.