Mercyhurst North East continue to play good softball as they extended their winning streak to 11 after a sweep of Lakeland Friday afternoon at home. It's the Saints second 11 game winning streak of the year and they have now won 22 of their last 24 games. Mercyhurst improves to 28-13 on the year and are now set up for a big conference showdown on Sunday with Monroe Community College. The Tribunes also have an 11 game winning streak and will travel to MNE for a noon double header on Sunday.
Sam Mott tossed a one hit shut-out and the offense was balanced to allow Mercyhurst to put away Lakeland in five innings.
Mott, who pitched a shutout two days ago, pitched to her defense Friday as she struck out three and only walked one.
Mercyhurst scored two runs in every inning after the first, got contributions up and down the lineup. In the second inning, Mercyhurst took the lead Mott reached on an error and moved to third on a double by Grace Edwards. Kiersten Coho grounded to the right side to score Mott. A wild pitch allowed Edwards to make it 2-0.
Mackenzie Hawley went 3-for-3 for the Saints to lead the team in hits. She also scored twice and stole two bases. Kaelyn Shea, Kim Burdett, and Aren Schwab all added two hits for the Saints. Heather Mueller ended the game with a two run double in the fifth to make it 8-0.
Mercyhurst North East completed the sweep with another come-from-behind victory in game two of a double header Friday afternoon.
Mercyhurst scored first in the second inning when Kiersten Coho doubled to start the inning and would later score on single by Heather Mueller.
Mercyhurst North East would leave the bases loaded in the second and third inning, hitting the ball hard but not able to catch a break as they led 1-0 into the fourth. In the top half, Lakeland would get five hits to chase home three runs to take a 3-1 lead.
The Saints would respond with a big bottom half when Mackenzie Hawley started the inning with a double to center. Kim Burdett pushed her home with a long single off the fence in center to make it 3-2.
Lakeland would make a pitching change, but Sam Mott greeted the new pitcher with a two run homer to right to give the Saints a 4-3 lead.
Lea Theisen earned the win for the Saints. Despite giving up 11 hits, Theisen stayed out of trouble most of the game and struck out three in her five innings. Coho took over pitching duties in the sixth and didn't allow a run to pick up her first save of the season.
Mueller and Mott were hot for the Saints, each getting three hits. Hawley finished with two hits as Mercyhurst finished the game with a total of 13 hits.