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MULES SPLIT, MAKE PLAYOFFS

On a night honoring Muhlenberg’s five softball seniors at the end of their careers, the players found out they still had more games to play.

Muhlenberg split its final games of the regular season, taking the first game on senior night
Kate Dischino
In addition to her usual solid defense, Dischino hit the ball hard four times in a 2-for-4 performance in her last home game.
from Cabrini, 9-2, then dropping the nightcap, 5-2. Meanwhile, McDaniel swept Dickinson, 14-0 and 8-5, in Carlisle, guaranteeing the Mules (20-10) a spot in the Centennial Conference playoffs.

Muhlenberg tied with Franklin & Marshall for fourth in the conference. The tiebreaker for the final playoff spot depended on who finished second, a spot that McDaniel claimed with its two wins. Because the Mules and Diplomats split their doubleheader and were both swept by first-place Ursinus, Muhlenberg claimed the fourth tournament spot with a better record against McDaniel.

Before hearing the McDaniel result, the Mules took care of the Cavaliers (28-10) in Game 1. Senior Danielle DeLucia struck out six to win her final regular-season game, and sophomore Missy DeFrain broke the game open with a three-run double in the team’s seven-run second inning.

DeFrain started the second with the first of five straight ’Berg singles. After a sacrifice fly, single and fielder’s choice accompanied by a pair of Cavalier errors, DeFrain came up again with the bases loaded and a 4-0 lead. She ripped the ball to right center, clearing the bases.

Among those to hit and score in the inning were seniors Jackie Maser, Kate Dischino and Nicole Sarno. Each finished with two base knocks. They were honored in the ceremony after the game, along with Delucia, Becki Toth and former teammate Amanda Ibey.

After surrendering two third-inning runs, DeLucia allowed just two hits the rest of the way for her team-leading seventh victory of the season. It was the 40th win of her career, tying her for third in school history.

The Mules added two runs in the fifth when sophomore Andrea Cohen scored her second run of the game on a DeLucia single and Sarno came in on an error.

Maser doubled to left in the fourth inning of the opener and to right in the first frame of Game 2 to tie the Muhlenberg record of 13 two-baggers in a season. She ranks second on the school single-season list with 15 extra-base hits.

Although they would not hold on, the Mules took an early lead in the second game when Sarno led off with a single and came in on Maser’s double. Sarno went 2-for-3 and, after a 4-for-8 twinbill, is tied for fourth on the Mule career list with 134 hits, one more than Maser. Sarno’s three runs moved her to fifth on the ’Berg career runs list.

Cohen, who was retired just once in six trips to the plate on the night, was 2-for-2 in the second game.

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Last updated April 27, 2004