Saints Drop Series to Orange

Saints Drop Series to Orange

After splitting the first two games of the series on Saturday, the Saints dropped the rubber match Sunday at Orange Community College.

The Saints had two separate leads but the pitching could not hold either as Orange scored eight runs in their last three at bats.

Mercyhurst, the home team on the scoreboard, took an early lead when Emily Foy blasted a two run homer in the first inning.

Starting pitcher Sam Mott allowed base runners every inning but battled to find a way to keep Orange from scoring through four innings. However, in the top of the fifth, Mott gave up the lead as Orange scored four runs.

In the bottom of the fifth, Kaylee Brooks doubled and would score on a hit by Grace Edwards. Foy then blasted her second home run of the game to make it 5-4 Saints.

In the sixth, Lea Theisen took over the pitching duties but allowed a home run to tie the game at 5-5. After Mercyhurst failed to score in the bottom half, Theisen allowed 3 more runs on five hits as OCCC took control of the game.

Mercyhurst battled back in the bottom of the seventh, getting two hits and a walk to load the bases, but a pop up to 2nd base ended the game.

With the series win, Orange has placed themselves into prime position for the number one seed for the upcoming Region Tournament. Both Orange and Mercyhurst both have three games left with Monroe.

"It was tough weekend", said head coach Brian Dewey. "The games were all very close, and exciting. Orange played a little better than us and certainly had a fire in them that we respect. If we are going to accomplish our goals, we need to improve and match their passion. We have to learn from the experience and focus on getting better. We will get back to work on Tuesday, and hopefully start to dial in our focus!"