Mercyhurst North East 11
Orange Community College 3
Mercyhurst scored in bunches Saturday afternoon as they beat Orange in the first matchup between the teams since last year's Region Championship game.
In the bottom half, the Saints took control with a five run inning. Slusher capped the inning with a two run double.
In the bottom of the fifth, Lei Guthrie ended the game with a two run homer to left center to make it 11-3.
Guthrie was also the winning pitcher, going all five innings and striking out 12. She allowed just one hit, a double in the third inning.
Mercyhurst North East 18
Orange Community College 0
Ashlyn Slusher had one of the all-time great days at the plate to help the Saints extend their winning streak Saturday afternoon.
Mercyhurst was leading 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning but then the next 18 straight batter reached base before an out was recorded. The result was 15 runs scored in the inning as the Saints finished the game in five innings.
Slusher, a freshman, hit an RBI double in the first inning and then added six more RBIs in the fourth inning alone. Slusher hit a two run single early in the inning and then capped the inning with a grand slam home run shortly after.
Slusher, who also had four hits in the game, finished with 7 RBIs, placing her third in the Saints record book for RBIs in a game. Ronette Claar drove home 10 in a game in 2014 and Nikki Woodard had 9 RBIs in a game in 2008.
Lea Theisen was sharp in the circle, allowing just two hits and zero walks in her five inning compete game shutout.
With the win, the Saints extend their winning streak to 12 games in a row and improve to 22-6 on the season.