Mercyhurst fell victim to the long ball in the opening game of the 2016 NJCAA National Tournament Wednesday afternoon.
Playing against the defending National Champs, Kankakee Community College, Mercyhurst fell behind 3-0 in the first inning after a three run home run with two outs. Kankakee would later hit a grand slam homer, also with two outs.
"Two mistakes, a matter of inches, is all it takes sometimes against a great hitting team like Kankakee", said head coach Brian Dewey. The first homer was a rise ball that just flattened out, and the grand slam was intended to be on her hands, but it caught too much middle."
The grand slam accompanied some bad luck for Mercyhurst as well. The first batter reached on an infield hit that she was completely fooled on. Two batters later, the exact same thing happened. "That was a tough inning" said Dewey. "Coho made two great pitches and didn't get outs on them. Six batters came to the plate that inning, and only two of them hit the ball hard, yet they still get four runs."
Mercyhurst got on the board when Aren Schwab hit a two run homer to left center in the fifth inning. In the sixth, Sam Mott roped a two run single and Grace Edwards lifted a sac fly as the Saints refused to go quietly.
For the game, Coho and Mott both had two hits to lead the Saints.
Mercyhurst will now face Heartland Community College Thursday afternoon at 1:30pm local time.