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March Madness at Baseball Field

In one of the highest-scoring baseball games in Division III history, Hartwick held on to defeat Muhlenberg, 30-25.

Entering the 2006 season, only two nine-inning games featured more runs. Topping the list is the 61 runs scored in Elmhurst’s 34-27 win against North Park in 1993. The Mules and Hawks combined for 51 RBI, four shy of the Division III record set in the Elmhurst-North Park game.

The teams also combined for 41 hits, 23 walks and seven hit batsmen.

Hartwick (1-0) scored 13 runs in the fourth inning to take a 20-6 lead and expanded its cushion to 17 runs, 26-9, heading into the bottom of the sixth. The Mules (3-6) drew to within five by scoring seven in the sixth and eighth in the eighth, but went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth.

Junior Pete Oris highlighted the eighth-inning uprising with a grand-slam home run and finished with seven RBI, one short of the school record. Freshman John Kalis went 5-for-6, and junior Ryan Sassaman had four hits and drove in four runs.

Junior Mike Hart tied a dubious school record by getting hit by pitch three times, and he scored four runs. Senior Matt Tobia drove in four and scored four, finishing a home run short of the cycle.

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The strong pitching of junior Nicole Washburn and sophomore Katie Vecchione carried the Muhlenberg softball team to a 6-2, 1-0 sweep of Hunter in its home-opening
Katie Vecchione
Vecchione did not allow a runner to reach third base and struck out Hunter’s No. 3 hitter twice.

Washburn and Vecchione combined to allow just five hits in 14 innings. Washburn allowed both of her hits in the fourth inning of Game 1, when the Hawks (0-2) scored their lone runs. Vecchione came back with a three-hitter for her first career shutout.

In the opener, the Mules (6-6) broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the bottom of the third. Junior Tina Roth tripled home the first two and scored on a single by freshman RiRi Ferrigno.

Ferrigno capped the three-run fourth with a two-out, two-run single. Freshman Samantha Crist added an RBI double.

Muhlenberg need some help to plate the lone run of the nightcap, a pitchers’ duel that featured only six hits. The Mules were hitless until senior Lindsay Ruhling led off the fifth with a single to right. She was sacrificed to second and scored on a two-out error by the Hunter pitcher.

The run was enough for Vecchione, who struck out a career-high seven batters. The Hawks advanced a runner to second with one out in the top of the seventh, but Vecchione closed the game by getting a fly ball to center.

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Last updated March 18, 2006