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Note: The baseball team’s scheduled opener against Wheaton (Ill.), in Chandler, Ariz., was rained out.


Softball Doubles Up First Two Opponents
Ruhling, DeFrain Deliver Big Hits

Junior Missy DeFrain drove in seven runs as the Muhlenberg softball team opened up its 2005 season with a pair of wins at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.

Their first time outdoors this spring, the Mules did the most to make the experience last in the first game, defeating Thiel, 18-9, in a two-and-a-half hour marathon. Muhlenberg trailed, 6-4, before erupting for eight runs in the fifth. With the bases loaded, the Mules scored a single run on five straight batters, as sophomores Katie Olson and Tina Roth delivered hits and three players drew walks.

Junior Lindsay Ruhling capped the uprising with a bases-clearing triple down the first-base line.

Ruhling and DeFrain, who stroked a two-run single in the sixth, both finished with four RBI. Senior Becki Toth was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI.

Senior Kadie Serfass made the defensive play of the game, throwing out a runner at home from right field to end the top of the fifth.

The 18 runs were the most scored by the Mules since a 22-0 shutout of Swarthmore in 1999, and the most scored in a season-opening game in team history.

Although it was less explosive, the offense came through with more timely hits in the second game, a 4-2 win against Waynesburg, to back the six-hit pitching of junior Kristina Cartolano.

Muhlenberg scored all of its runs in the third. Junior Tara DeMarzo led off with a triple and scored on a single by sophomore Hilary Marinchak. Two outs later, DeFrain hit a line shot down the first-base line that rolled all the way to the fence. She circled the bases with two runners ahead of her for her first career home run.

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Twelve different players scored goals, leading the Muhlenberg men’s lacrosse team to a 17-6 triumph over Scranton for its second straight impressive win to start the season.

For the second time in three days, the Mules (2-0) turned it up a notch in the second half to put their opponent away. Leading 8-3 over the Monarchs (1-0) at halftime, Muhlenberg scored the first six goals of the third
Mickey Norton
Norton has seven assists in his first two career games.
period to put the game out of reach. The Mules have now outscored their opponents 9-1 in the third period and 15-3 in the second half in two games this season.

Junior John Westendorf scored four goals in the game, and freshman Mickey Norton added two goals and three assists. Sophomore Sean Toohill added his two goals and assist during the Mules’ decisive run in the third period.

Westendorf and Norton also scored during a wild sequence at the end of the first period in which Scranton went from setting up for the tying goal to trailing by three in a matter of seconds. Senior Bradley Lutzer picked up a loose ball in the defensive end and lofted a long pass to Norton, who was behind the last defender and beat the goalie with 8.5 seconds left. Muhlenberg won the ensuing faceoff, and Westendorf tipped in the rebound of Brian Schimaneck’s long shot as time expired to give the Mules a 4-1 lead at the end of the period.

Freshman Kyle Farris added a goal and an assist to go with a team-leading five ground balls, while fellow freshmen James Corley, Brendan Moriarty, and Tim Dwyre all scored their first career goals in the second half.

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Last updated March 5, 2005