The Mercer baseball team won its first Atlantic Sun Championship since 1983 and clinched the University’s first-ever NCAA tournament berth with a 7-3 win over Jacksonville May 29 at Lipscomb University's Dugan Field at Marsh Stadium. The A-Sun Championship is the fourth baseball championship for Mercer since capturing the title in 1979, 1981 and 1983.
“Just an unbelievable feeling right now that is so hard to put in words because I am just so proud of our guys and the way they battled all year for us,” head coach Craig Gibson said. “We put ourselves in a great position to win a championship with our play this week, but to actually do it and win is the best feeling one can have.”
Third baseman Jacob Tanis was voted the A-Sun Tournament MVP, while pitchers Brandon Love and David Teasley, catcher Nick DiMauro and centerfielder Billy Burns joined him on the A-Sun All-Tournament Team.
After claiming the A-Sun Championship, the team and several supporters gathered at lunchtime on Memorial Day in Bear Rock Café in the University Center to jointly watch the NCAA Baseball Tournament Show on ESPN to learn to which regional the Bears would then advance. As the Atlanta Regional was announced to the nationwide viewing audience, the Bears learned they would join host Georgia Tech, Alabama and Elon in the prestigious tournament.
Later that week, the Bears – joined by more than 500 supporters proudly displaying their orange and black – played host Georgia Tech in their first game of the tournament. Tech’s Mark Pope pitched a superb game in leading the Yellow Jackets to a 10-0 win.
The next day, however, Mercer bounced back to defeat Elon, 13-7, to eliminate the Phoenix. Then, on Sunday, the Bears battled Alabama pitch-for-pitch before bowing to the Crimson Tide, 5-3, and finishing the 2010 campaign with an outstanding 38-24 record. Alabama would go on to defeat Georgia Tech twice and advance to the Super Regionals the next weekend.