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Friday, April 9, 2004
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SOFTBALL SWEEPS SECOND STRAIGHT
BASEBALL FALLS AT HAVERFORD

Each team scored 10 runs fewer than it did on Tuesday, but for the Muhlenberg baseball team it was still a loss to Haverford. The Fords took the lead in the fourth inning and held on to hand the Mules their fourth straight loss, 7-5.

After falling behind 2-0 in the bottom of the first, Muhlenberg (6-9-1, 1-5-1) strung together five hits to take a 3-2 lead in the top of the second. Senior Adam Sadler doubled in the first run, and his pinch-runner, freshman Ben Leess, scored the third on the back end of an attempted double steal.

The Mules failed to hold the lead, however, as Haverford (13-5, 3-4) scored three runs of its own in the bottom of the fourth. Muhlenberg has led in seven of its nine losses this season.

Junior Matthew Long doubled in a run in the eighth, and junior Aaron Regensburg tripled to lead off the ninth and scored. The game ended with the tying run at the plate.

Regensburg went 3-for-5, as did freshman Ryan Sassaman in his first game as the No. 2 hitter. The Mules racked up 13 hits, but left 14 runners on base, including eight in scoring position.

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The pitching of senior Danielle DeLucia in the first game and the hitting of senior Jackie Maser — and others — in the second carried the Muhlenberg softball team to its second straight doubleheader sweep, this one at Washington.

The Mules (13-7, 6-4) won the opener, 5-0, as DeLucia pitched her third straight shutout, then took the nightcap, 16-3, scoring 10 runs in the fourth inning.

DeLucia not only blanked the Shorewomen (6-15-1, 1-7) on two hits in the first game, but she
Jackie Maser
Maser’s six RBI in the doubleheader moved her into seventh place on the Mules’ all-time list with 68 in her career. In addition to her hitting exploits, she also broke the school record for career assists (301).
also had two hits and drove in two runs herself. For the second straight game, she flirted with a no-hitter, holding Washington without a safety until two out in the bottom of the fifth. The Shorewomen loaded the bases in that inning, but DeLucia fielded a comebacker to end the threat.

DeLucia has allowed only seven hits in 20 innings in her last three starts.

Muhlenberg broke a scoreless tie by plating four runs, all with two out, in the fourth. Freshman Tina Roth singled in the first run, and DeLucia doubled home two more.

Maser singled in an insurance run in the top of the seventh, but she was just getting warmed up. Maser went 4-for-4 with five RBI in Game 2, leading the Mules to their first double-digit scoring effort of the season and their highest offensive output since a 16-1 win at Haverford in 2001.

Already ahead 6-2, Muhlenberg blew the game open by sending 15 batters to the plate in the fourth, their first 10-run inning since scoring 14 in the fifth frame of that 2001 Haverford game. Maser and sophomore Missy DeFrain each had two hits in the big inning.

Consecutive singles by freshman Katie Olson, senior Becki Toth and DeFrain loaded the bases to start the fourth. Maser, whose two-run double was the big hit in the five-run third, then delivered a two-run single. Two more singles, by sophomore Tara DeMarzo and freshman Nicole Washburn, who won her fourth game of the season, plated another run, making the score 9-2.

The next four runs scored on fielder’s choices and an infield error. DeFrain and Maser followed with RBI singles, and sophomore Tiffany Kirk capped the rally with a sacrifice fly for her first career RBI.

DeFrain finished the game 3-for-4, and Olson scored three runs.

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Last updated April 9, 2004