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Softball Splits; Tobia Ties Baseball Record
WASHBURN HURLS SHUTOUT
Sophomore Nicole Washburn pitched a three-hit shutout and was backed by a 19-hit attack as the Muhlenberg softball team won the opening game of its doubleheader at Franklin & Marshall, 7-0. The Diplomats came back to take the second game, 3-1 in eight innings.
Washburn allowed only two runners past first base and retired the last 10 hitters in tossing her second career shutout.
The Mules (8-11, 2-2) had a much more enjoyable game offensively,
producing at least two hits in six of the seven innings. Senior Becki
Toth singled to lead off the game and scored on a double by junior Kristina Cartolano. Roth and junior Missy DeFrain had run-scoring hits in the third, and DeFrains two-run double was the big hit in the three-run sixth.
Muhlenberg should have saved some offense for the second game. Cartolano pitched a five-hitter over seven innings but had to work extra with the game tied 1-1. F&M (3-15, 1-3) won on a walkoff two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth.
Doubles by DeFrain and Roth brought in the Mules lone run in the second. Toth also doubled to move to within one of the school record for career hits.
Tobia, who hit a walkoff home run on Friday, went yard in the seventh inning of the first game and the fourth inning of the second. He is the third Muhlenberg player (the first since 1967) to hit a round-tripper in three consecutive games.
Tobias second home run gave the Mules a 2-1 lead, but the Shoremen (9-7, 3-3) scored in four of the next five innings.
Sophomore A.J. Bettini went 3-for-4 in the first game.
After having meets cancelled two straight weeks, the Muhlenberg track and
field teams finally began their outdoor season at the Delaware
Although the athletes competed against one another, the Division I results were separated from Division II and III. The Mule women took first place in the Division II/III scoring with 169 points, ahead of Moravian (155.5). The men were seventh.
Sophomore Sarah Mitchell opened the season on a high note, qualifying provisionally for the NCAA Championships in the javelin. Her throw of 128 feet, 6 inches, tied the school record she set last year. She finished first among lower-division athletes and third overall.
The Mule womens team broke two school records, and freshman Jenna Lombardi was involved in both. She ran the 100 meters in 12.97 seconds and was the lead leg of the 4x100-meter relay team that established a school mark of 50.45 seconds.
Lombardi tied for third in the 100 and was fourth in the 200 at 26.85.
Junior Danielle Seiler came close to her own school record while winning the 400 meters, missing by one one-hundredth of a second. She qualified for ECACs, as did the 4x100 team and sophomore Jacquelyn Inverso in the triple jump.
Junior Karen Mount pulled off an impressive double, coming within three seconds of the school records in both the 800 (second place) and 1,500 (first place).
On the mens team, sophomore Dave Chesny ran the second-best steeplechase in Muhlenberg history, finishing third in 10:02.10.
Freshman Dan Steinhart made an impressive debut, finishing fourth in the 400 meters, and sophomore Stephen Rothwell placed in the top five in both the1,500 (second) and 800 (fifth).
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Last updated April 9, 2005