Trailing 4-1 in the seventh inning, the Saints mounted a furious comeback to beat powerhouse Kalamazoo Valley Saturday afternoon in Florida.
The Saints took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Lei Guthrie blasted a long home run that cleared the fence, a 30 foot tree and the two lane road behind the tree. The homer was estimated at 280 feet.
Kalamazoo used its speed and timely hitting to frustrate the Saints, scoring 2 runs in the second and adding another two in the bottom of the sixth to seemingly put the game away.
Mercyhurst came to bat in the seventh when Heather Mueller drew a leadoff walk to start the inning. Kaylee Brooks then pinch hit and drove a single to left. Megan Minihane would also walk to load the bases and the Saints were down to their final out when Kaelyn Shea stroked a single to put the tying run on third base.
Grace Edwards followed with a single of her own to tie the game before Guthrie blasted another homer, this time a three run bomb to make it 7-4.
Guthrie, who struggled with her command during the game, allowed to walks in the bottom of the seventh but settled down to finish the game for the win.
The Saints move to 3-0 on the year and will be back in action early Sunday morning with two more games in Florida.