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The Muhlenberg baseball team split a doubleheader at Messiah, winning the first game, 8-5, and dropping the second, 8-2.

With a stiff wind blowing in, the Mules, who averaged nearly four extra-base hits in their first 13 games, relied on a singles attack in Game 1. Of the team’s 14 hits, 13 were singles. Junior Ryan Sassaman and sophomore Joseph Carlo had three singles each.

Muhlenberg (7-8) opened the game with three consecutive hits, plating one run on a double play, then bunched together four singles and two bases-loaded walks to score four runs in the second. Senior Matt Tobia capped the inning with an RBI hit and added a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Junior Tom McDonald worked out of jams through the first six innings before the Falcons (7-11), the defending Commonwealth Conference champions, scored three times in the seventh to make the final close.

The Mule bats were silenced in the second game, as the team managed only three hits and had its four-game winning streak snapped.

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Michelle Consiglio

Late-inning dramatics gave the Muhlenberg softball team a 2-1 victory over 14th-ranked Cortland State in the first game of a doubleheader. Cortland came back to take the nightcap, 14-0.

The Mules (7-7) trailed in the opener, 1-0, and were down to their last strike in the bottom of the seventh when senior Lindsay Ruhling lined a double to right field. Sophomore Jennifer Rosenthal followed with a single to left-center to bring home Ruhling with the tying run.

The Red Dragons (10-2), who had won their eight previous games, put their leadoff batter on in the top of the eighth, but junior Nicole Washburn got the last two batters to fly out.

Freshman Michelle Consiglio led off the bottom of the eighth with a line single to center. It was Muhlenberg’s third hit in four batters after managing only one hit in the first 6 2/3 innings, and it prompted a pitching change. Junior Hilary Marinchak, whose sixth-inning single up the middle was the Mules’ first hit, tried to sacrifice Consiglio to second and was safe herself when the relief pitcher bounced the ball to first.

Junior Katie Olson moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice to set up junior Tina Roth, who had not gotten the ball out of the infield in her first three at-bats. She delivered when it counted most, bringing home the winning run with a sacrifice fly to center.

Washburn pitched a six-hitter to earn her fourth win in a row.

In the second game, a bad-hop single on what would have been the third out paved the way for Cortland to break a scoreless tie with three runs in the fourth. Freshman RiRi Ferrigno had both Muhlenberg hits, including a double.

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Last updated March 25, 2006