They’ll be celebrating on the campus of Southern Indiana University in Evansville, Ind., today and Andrew Mercer of Mount Pearl will be at the centre if it all.
The 21-year-old from Mount Pearl is a relief pitcher with the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles, who won the NCAA Division II baseball title Saturday, edging the Colorado Mesa Mavericks 3-2 on a bases-loaded walk in 12 innings at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
Mercer didn’t pitch in the championship final, which tied the record for the longest NCAA Division II title game, but he did pitch three scoreless innings in two games in the tournament, adding to his season stats line which saw the 6-1, 185-pound right-hander lead all pitchers on his team with a 1.01 earned run average.
Mercer finished with an overall 3-1 record, 21 strikeouts and 13 walks, while allowing 20 hits over 35.2 innings of work in 2014, his first at Southern Indiana after transferring from Highland Community College in Kansas, which he attended for two years.
The son of Gerald and Daphne Mercer, Andrew attended Mount Pearl Senior High School, where he lettered in both baseball and volleyball.
Mercer played for the Knights in the St. John’s Baseball League last year, and was picked up by the Corner Brook Barons for the provincial senior baseball championship and then by the St. John’s Capitals, who represented the province at the national seniors in New Brunswick.