Mercyhurst North East 7
Monroe Community College 6
Mercyhurst North East won a thriller Monday afternoon when Anna Swartout hit a walk off single up to propel MNE to a come from behind victory over the Tribunes.
In a game in which the Saints trailed 3 separate times, MNE kept fighting to sweep MCC in the Saints home opener.
Monroe took a 2-0 lead in the second inning and the MCC pitcher kept the Saints off balance until the fourth when Justine Dean launched a home run to center to put the Saints on the board. Alyssa Johnston singled and scored on a Tori Harding double to tie the game.
Monroe went ahead with a run in the fifth, but Hannah Davis scored the tying run on a two out single by Lei Guthrie in the bottom half. The Saints took the lead in the bottom of the sixth after hits by Harding and Ayla Bragg, but MCC took advantage of two Saints errors to score three runs and took a 6-5 lead into the Saints last at bat.
With one out, Johnston singled up the middle and advanced on a wild pitch. Harding then singled to center to send Johnston home with the tying run. Harding alertly moved to second on the throw home. After an intentional walk, Anna Swartout entered to pinch hit and delivered a single to center to chase home Harding with the game ending run. The Saints mobbed Swartout at first.
Lei Guthrie got the win, pitching the last three innings in relief and didn't allow any earned runs.
Johnston and Harding had three hits each to lead the Saints offense while Dean added two of her own for the winners.
With the win, the Saints improve to 12-12 on the year and have now won five in a row.
Mercyhurst North East 7
Monroe Community College 4
Lei Guthrie had her best pitching outing of the year Monday afternoon as she help the Saints past MCC in the Saints home and conference opener.
Guthrie overcame to bad defense by the Saints and didn't allow any earned runs while going all seven innings and not walking a batter.
Monroe scored twice in the first inning to take the lead the Saints cut that in half with a run in the bottom half.
In the fifth, Harding singled home another run as the Saints extended their lead. In the seventh, the Saints put the game away with two more runs.
Burkhart, Munnell, and Johnston led the way with three hits each for the Saints. Rachel Shaheen added two for the winners.