Dylan Craig and Matt Zeblo had three hits apiece but Belmont lost 9-5  to Mercer in the opener of the final Atlantic Sun Conference series of the regular season.
The top five hitters in the Bruins’ lineup, including Craig and Zeblo, all had at least two hits, but Belmont  (28-27, 15-14) was held scoreless until Mark Noth’s two-run double in the sixth.
Mercer  (22-22, 11-15) scored three in the first and never trailed. Second baseman Michael Langley started the scoring with a one-out home run in the first. First baseman Steven Karwatt was 5-for-5 with one run scored and two RBIs.
Bruins’ starter Brian Kelly lost for just the second time this season. He pitched six innings and allowed six runs on 11 hits. He struck out two and did not walk any, but he allowed three home runs, including two to Mercer’s Sean Olenek.
LIPSCOMB LEADS, WAITS FOR FINISH
Tennyson Dodd extended his hitting streak to 13 games, and Lipscomb built a 4-3 lead over East Tennessee State before weather forced the game to be suspended in the fifth inning.
Bisons' starter Rex Brothers struck out five in four innings.
Play is scheduled to resume at 3 p.m. The regularly scheduled Friday game will begin 30 minutes after the completion of the suspended contest.