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Monday, March 8, 2004
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SOFTBALL SWEEPS ON OPENING DAY
Baseball Continues to Pile on Runs
Mules Pound Out 16 Hits

Junior C.J. Kessler went 5-for-6 to lead a 16-hit attack as the Muhlenberg baseball team evened its record at 2-2 with a 13-7 win against Wentworth Tech at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Fla.

The Mules have scored 45 runs in their four games and are batting .345 as a team.

Muhlenberg sent 10 batters to the plate and plated five runs in both the fourth and sixth innings. Kessler capped the fourth with a two-run triple to the right-field wall to give the Mules a 5-0 lead.

Wentworth came back to tie the score at 5-5 in the top of the sixth. In the bottom of the inning, freshman Mike Hart put Muhlenberg ahead to stay with an RBI double. Junior Matthew Long followed with a run-scoring single. Two more runs scored on an infield error, and sophomore Matt Tobia drive in the fifth run of the frame with a sacrifice fly.

Hart also singled in a run in the three-run seventh and was one of four Mules with two hits.

Junior Matthew Cooper worked eight strong innings, striking out six, to earn his first win of the season.

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Sophomore Kristina Cartolano pitched a six-hitter for her second career shutout to give the Muhlenberg softball team a 2-0 win against Misericordia and a sweep of its season-opening doubleheader at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.

Cartolano fanned eight and allowed only one runner past second base. That runner nearly scored, but senior Nicole Sarno threw her out at the plate from center to preserve the shutout in the bottom of the fifth.

The Mules got both of their runs in the second. Sophomore Missy DeFrain doubled in the first run, then scored the second on a base hit by classmate Tara DeMarzo.

Muhlenberg needed late-inning dramatics to defeat John Carroll, 7-3, in the first game. Trailing 3-0 going into the bottom of the fifth, the Mules scored six runs – all with two out – to move in front.

Junior Kadie Serfass began the inning by drawing a walk and went to second on Sarno’s third hit of the game. With two out, senior Becki Toth doubled to bring in the first run. Senior Jackie Maser followed with a two-run double, tying the score.

Sophomore Lindsay Ruhling then singled to drive in Maser. An RBI double by sophomore Andrea Cohen and DeFrain’s run-scoring single capped the outburst.

Ruhling added her second RBI single for an insurance run in the sixth.

Freshman Nicole Washburn pitched 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win in her first career appearance. Washburn worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth and retired the final seven batters she faced.

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Last updated March 8, 2004