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SOFTBALL SEASON ENDS IN NCAAs
Mules Win Marathon, Fall to Salisbury
BRODOWSKI BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD IN DECATHLON

Sophomore John Brodowski of the Muhlenberg track and field team broke his own school record in the decathlon, finishing second at a meet hosted by The College of New Jersey with 6,344 points.

Brodowski broke the record of 6,181 he set earlier this season, slightly improving his chances of competing in the NCAA Division III Championships. Brodowski qualified provisionally with both scores. The last day to qualify is next Sunday.

Several other Mules competed in the Larry Ellis Invitational not far away at Princeton. Senior Jason App placed fifth in the pole vault, and junior Randy Holak (javelin), sophomore Ashlie Hankee (100 hurdles) and freshman Danielle Seiler (400 hurdles) all finished seventh in their events.

Senior Kristen Best singled in junior Amanda Ibey in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Muhlenberg softball team a 6-5 win against Kings Point in an elimination game of the NCAA Tournament.

The Mules did not survive their next game, however, as they were shut out by seventh-ranked Salisbury, 3-0, ending their season with a 16-21 record.

Muhlenberg came back from deficits of 4-0 and 5-4 to send the first game into extra innings. Senior Meghan Woods jump-started the Mules, whose first seven batters were retired, by belting her fifth career home run over the right-field fence with one out in the third. An infield error, a sacrifice fly by junior Jackie Maser and a wild pitch later that inning knotted the score at 4-4.

After the Mariners (16-25) scored in the top of the fourth, Muhlenberg came right back to tie the game again. A bunt single by Woods – her 100th career hit – was a key hit in the frame, helping to set up a bases-loaded walk.

Tied 5-5 after four innings, the teams battled through seven scoreless innings. The Mules had runners in scoring position in the sixth, seventh, ninth and 10th, but could not get a hit to drive in the winning run. Muhlenberg pitcher Danielle DeLucia was in far less trouble, as she allowed only two hits over the final eight innings. She did have to work out of a second-and-third, one-out jam in the 11th, then gave up a single off the fence in the 12th that missed clearing the fence by inches.

Ibey led off the bottom of the 12th with a single under the third baseman’s glove and went to second when junior Kate Dischino walked. DeLucia sacrificed the runners over and was safe when the second baseman, covering on the bunt, pulled her foot off the first-base bag too early. After one out, Best drove a single between short and third to end the marathon game.

DeLucia went the distance, tying the school record for innings pitched in a game, and allowed only two earned runs. Junior Nicole Sarno had three of the Mules’ 11 hits.

In the second game, Muhlenberg managed only four hits and five baserunners against a Salisbury team that has allowed only 43 runs in 44 games. Senior Kelly Berg, playing in the final game of her career, had two of the Mules’ four hits.

Muhlenberg’s best chance to score came in the fourth, when Maser doubled for her 100th career hit. The Seagull centerfielder made a diving catch of a bloop two batters later to preserve the shutout.

Freshman Kristina Cartolano allowed hits in only two of the seven innings, but Salisbury (39-4-1) bunched five of them in the third inning to score three runs.

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Last updated May 10, 2003