Mercyhurst North East 11
Orange County C.C. 4
Mercyhurst North East opened their first game at the Region Tournament with a big victory over Orange Saturday afternoon.
Orange score three in the first inning after two errors and a home run to put pressure on the Saints. Mercyhurst responded with four in the bottom half, Lei Guthrie homered before Justine Dean, Alyssa Johnston, and Anna Swartout all doubled to make it 4-3.
Orange responded with a run in the fourth to tie the game before Mercyhurst put up four more in the fourth. Riplee Burkhart singled home a run, Guthrie homered again, and then Dean made it back to back home runs to make it 8-4.
That would be plenty for Guthrie, who pitched six innings and struck out nine while allowing just one earned run for the victory. Tori Harding pitched the seventh to seal the victory.