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Bucs fall in series opener with Mercer, 10-8
Friday, April 14, 2006
Trailing 6-1 entering the bottom of the second inning, the Bucs rallied for five runs to knot the game at six. Senior Chuck Hargis (
After the Bears (23-17, 10-6) plated single runs in the third and fourth innings, Byrne brought the Bucs within one run with his sixth homer of the year. Leading off the fourth inning, Byrne hammered the first pitch from Mercer starter Brantley New over the right field wall.
Senior Blake Church (
The Bucs (21-15, 8-8) stranded 16 runners for the game, including 12 over the final five innings; twice leaving the bases loaded over that span.
Howe surrendered 10 runs in 4 1/3 innings of work, falling to 3-3 on the season. New was far from dominant, giving up seven runs and 11 hits in five innings, but was effective enough to improve to 7-2 on the year. Andrew Urena pitched the final two innings for his 10th save.
The two teams conclude the weekend series with a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at