Mercyhurst won an exciting game vs Heartland to stay alive at the National Tournament Thursday afternoon in Mississippi.
With the win, the Saints advance to the third round of games and will play number 5 ranked DMACC later today.
The Saints scored first when Mackenzie Hawley singled and scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. Heartland answered with a two out bloop single to left to tie the game in the 2nd inning.
A wild third inning would give the Saints a lead that they would hold the rest of the game. Hawley led off with a walk and advanced to third on a single by Kaelyn Shea. Emily Foy then singled up the middle to score a run and after a groundout, the Saints had runners on second and third.
Sam Mott hit a slow roller up the first base side, and Shea just beat the throw at home. Meanwhile, Mott tried to advance to second but the Heartland catcher fired down to the base and Mott was caught in a rundown. Foy broke for home but the Heartland defense was ready and they got the ball home in plenty of time to get Foy, but she alertly avoided the tag and tagged the back of home plate. The Saints now led 4-1.
Sam Mott pitched will over four innings, giving up only three runs. With her pitch count nearly 100, Kiersten Coho entered the game in the fifth with a 4-3 lead.
In the top of the inning, Coho blasted a three run homer to left center to make it 7-4 Saints. In the seventh, Foy hit a homer to right center before Coho doubled and scored on a single by Mott.
Coho pitched the final three innings, allowing just two hits and one earned run, to notch a rare three inning save.