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The Muhlenberg women’s tennis team fell to a nationally ranked opponent for the second day in a row, this time to No. 12 Carnegie Mellon, 7-2.

Senior Amy Schmidt of the Muhlenberg tennis defeated Amy Staloch, the second-ranked player in the region, 6-3, 6-3.

“Her forehand was giving me some problems,” said Schmidt. “I tried to keep the ball to her backhand, and it worked.”

Freshman Carly Rotfeld came from behind after dropping the first set to win the second one, 7-6, and the super tiebreaker, 10-7.

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Pitt-Bradford 10, Muhlenberg 9
Muhlenberg came from behind three times, but couldn’t make it four as it fell in its Arizona opener.

An error on the first baseman allowed the Mules to score two runs and take a 3-2 lead in the top of the second. The Panthers responded with four in the bottom of the third and another in the fifth.

Muhlenberg put up three runs in the sixth, including a two-run double by freshman John Kalis. Sophomore Joe Carlo tied the game at seven with an RBI single in the seventh. Pitt-Bradford took the lead back in the eighth with a pair of runs.

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Four pitchers combined to allow only six hits in 13 innings as the Muhlenberg softball team opened its season with a doubleheader sweep of Kings Point, 2-1 and 10-1, at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.

The Mules took a shutout into the last inning of each game. In the opener, junior Nicole Washburn allowed only a bad-hop double in her four innings of work and struck out the leadoff batter in each frame. Freshman Lara Kestenbaum worked the final three innings to earn the save, allowing a run with two out in the seventh but fanning the final batter to preserve the win.

Sophomore Katie Vecchione hurled four two-hit innings in the nightcap before giving way to freshman Jenna Forte, who also ended the game with a strikeout one batter after giving up a run.

Forte showed that hitting is another forte of hers. He two-out, two-run double in the third inning provided Muhlenberg with all its Game 1 runs, and she smacked a three-run double in Game 2. On the first day of her collegiate career, Forte reached base in five of six plate appearances.

The second game was a scoreless pitchers’ duel before the Mules erupted for five runs in the top of the fifth. Vecchione drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on an infield error. Freshman Samantha Crist followed with a two-run single, and two outs later junior Tina Roth belted her second career home run.

Senior Lindsay Ruhling went 3-for-6 with an RBI in the two games.

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Last updated March 4, 2006