Mercer softball wins Mercer Invitational

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Mercer softball team used a huge fourth inning Sunday to beat Jacksonville State 13-6 in the championship game of the Mercer Invitational.

The Bears led 4-0 in the second inning before a five-run frame by JSU gave the Gamecocks the 5-4 edge. Trailing 6-4 in the top of the fourth, Mercer took its second lead of the day after Natalie Shiver’s three-run home run. The Bears added four more runs in the frame to take an 11-6 lead.

Emma Andrew’s RBI single in the fifth and a run off a JSU throwing error in the seventh capped the day’s scoring.

Mercer’s Riley Carter, who was named tournament MVP, allowed just two hits through five innings.

The Bears finished the tournament 4-1 with wins over Valparaiso (twice), IPFW and Jacksonville State. Their only loss came to Jacksonville State Saturday.

The team visits Auburn, Alabama next to play in the Auburn Tiger Invitational. Their first game is Thursday against Auburn at 4.

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 310 Tucker Sargent joined the 41NBC news team in April 2012. He's from Alabama, but you won't catch him saying "Roll Tide!" Tucker grew up near Auburn before moving to north Alabama. He graduated from Danville High School in 2007 and loves to return to the Tennessee Valley any chance he gets. He moved back south to Troy, Alabama after high school, where he graduated from Troy University in 2011 with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism. He interned in Huntsville at WAAY-TV before joining 41NBC. His passion is sports, and his favorite teams are the Auburn Tigers and Troy Trojans. On the weekends you can catch Tucker watching college football on Saturdays and NASCAR on Sundays! He's proud to call middle Georgia home for now and could always use a story idea from you, so don't hesitate to get in touch with him!