Mercyhurst played with passion Saturday afternoon as the welcome Monroe College of the Bronx in Regional play. Mercyhurst showed great plate discipline as they drew walks in both games to go along with some timely hitting. Mercyhurst would go on to sweep the double header from the Mustangs.
The Saints scored early and often as they put the game away in the second inning. Monroe jumped on top, scoring a run in the top of the first to make it 1-0.
However, Mercyhurst would draw two walks and Kim Burdett blasted a three run homer to left to give the Saints a 3-1 lead. Mercyhurst would go on to score five in the 2nd inning to put the contest away.
In the bottom of the fourth, Alicia Ngraingas blasted a three run homer of her own. Her first homer of the year was over the center field fence.
Grace Edwards joined Ngraingas and Burdett with three RBIs in the game to lead the Saints.
Kiersten Coho earned the win, pitching three innings and only allowing the first inning run. Lea Thiesen took over the final two innings and allowed only two hits to shut down Monroe.
In an exciting game, Monroe once again scored first with single, steal, and a bloop to right to plate the leadoff batter.
In the bottom half, Mercyhurst had 2nd and 3rd with one out when Burdett hit a ground ball to short to score Mackenzie Hawley. The throw from the shortstop was high and out of play, allowing Kaelyn Shea to score to make it 2-1.
In the fourth, Monroe tied the game on two Saints errors. Mercyhurst responded in the bottom of the fourth when Sam Mott singled and moved, advanced on a wild pitch, and moved to third on a bunt. Ngraingas then entered the game to pinch run at third and would score on a ground ball by Coho as the Saints went up 3-2.
Mercyhurst would extend that lead in the fifth when Burdett singled home Hawley and Aren Schwab lifted a sac fly to score Shea. The Saints added an insurance run in the sixth to make it 6-2.
Coho, was solid in game two, going all seven innings. While she did allow nine hits, she was tough in the clutch, repeatedly stranding runners in scoring position. She struck out seven and didn't walk a batter to get the win.
The most dangerous threat came in the top of the fifth, when Monroe trailed 3-2 and had a runner on third and one out. A ground ball to second gave the runner a chance to score but Heather Mueller gunned her down at the plate with a perfect throw. Catcher Taylor Wilson then alertly made the throw to second to get the batter out and end the inning.
Mackenzie Hawley and Kaelyn Shea both had two hits and scored two runs to lead the Saints in game two.
Monroe will finished the three game series on Sunday, with a single game slated for a 10:00am start.