Mercyhurst used the long ball to stay unbeaten Saturday in the regional tournament. In the much anticipated rematch of last years championship, Mercyhurst hit four home runs to beat the number one seed in five innings.
With Orange having beat Mercyhurst 2 or 3 earlier this month, the earned the number one seed and were the home team in the game. So Mercyhurst got on the board first when Mackenzie Hawley was hit with a pitch and then Kiersten Coho ripped a two out homer to left to make it 2-0.
In the third, Kaelyn Shea singled to left and Coho lifted another two run bomb to left to make it 4-0.
The Saints put the game away in the top of the fifth with a six run inning. Heather Mueller and Mackenzie Hawley started the inning with singles. Shea then pushed a bunt through the right side to load the bases. Emily Foy connected for a grand slam home run to center to push the lead to 8-0. After Coho was intentionally walked, Kim Burdett hit a two run homer to cap the scoring.
Coho, had a perfect game though four innings was taken out by head coach Brian Dewey with the lead. "I know a perfect game in the regional tournament would have been awesome", said Dewey. "But she threw five plus innings in the first game, and 9 on the day. We have to look at the bigger picture and save her for Sunday".
Mercyhurst and Orange will tangle again in the championship series Sunday. Mercyhurst needs one win to claim the region title, while Orange will need to beat MNE twice. The starting time is slated for noon, but with looming rain in the forecast, there could be a change in game-time.