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Mules Improve to 5-1

Senior Ally Ogden and junior Kristina Cartolano were nearly unhittable on the mound and also did damage at the plate to help lead the Muhlenberg softball team to a 9-0 shutout over Penn State-Behrend and a 7-1 win over Eastern.

In the game against Penn State-Behrend, Ogden was on the verge of becoming the first Muhlenberg pitcher since 1990 to pitch a no-hitter. She breezed through the first four innings, allowing only two batters to get the ball out of the infield. Ogden recorded the first out in the fifth inning, and then after walking a batter and getting another out by a fielder’s choice, she allowed a single to right-center which broke up the no-hit bid. Ogden then induced the next hitter to ground out to end the game and preserve the shutout.

Ogden struck out only one but was supported by her defense, particularly at third base, where junior Andrea Cohen set a school record with eight assists.

With Ogden’s pitching, the Mules didn’t need much offense. After scoring a run in the first and two more in the third, Muhlenberg opened the game up in fourth inning, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring six runs. Singles by juniors Tara DeMarzo and Lindsay Ruhling and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for Ogden, who helped her own cause by singling up the middle to knock in a run. The next five batters also brought runs home on three singles, a walk, and a fielder’s choice.

In the second game, Cartolano scattered six hits and struck out eight. She was one out away from recording another shutout, but allowed an RBI single with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.

Holding only a 2-0 lead heading into the fifth inning, the Mules again used the big inning to break the game open. The big hit was by Cartolano, who doubled in two of the five runs.

Junior Missy DeFrain went 2-for-5 on the day with three RBI. She now has 10 runs batted in on the season, best on the team.

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Sophomore Pete Oris went 4-for-5 and drove in a career-high six runs to lead the Muhlenberg baseball team to a 17-12 win against Wesleyan on Monday night.

Taking advantage of the hard infield and high elevation, the two teams combined for 29 runs on 35 hits.

The Mules (2-1) did most of the scoring early, jumping out to a 7-0 lead after two innings. A two-run triple by sophomore A.J. Bettini capped a four-run first, and Oris belted his third career home run, a three-run shot, in the second.

A three-run seventh, highlighted by a two-run double off the bat of sophomore Mike Hart, gave Muhlenberg had a seemingly comfortable 12-4 lead. The Cardinals (0-2) scored five times in the top of the eighth, however, before sophomore Jason Bonder came in from the bullpen to get the final two outs.

The Mules responded by scoring five runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth. Junior James Petersen drove in a run with a triple, and sophomore Matthew Block singled him in. Bonder even knocked in a run with a single in his first career at-bat.

Senior C.J. Kessler and sophomore Ryan Sassaman had three hits apiece for the Mules, who are averaging 11 runs in their first three games.

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Last updated March 8, 2005