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Junior Nicole Washburn pitched a five-hitter for her fifth career shutout as the Muhlenberg softball team blanked Bethany to earn a split on its third day in Florida.

The Mules (3-3) fell to Waynesburg, 7-3, in the first game.

Washburn struck out five and allowed only two runners to reach second base. She also doubled to lead off the fifth inning, leading to a four-run rally that broke the game open.

Muhlenberg had taken a 1-0 lead in the fourth on an RBI single by freshman RiRi Ferrigno. Washburn’s double and a pair of singles loaded the bases in the fifth, and the next three batters knocked in four runs. Junior Katie Olson and freshman Jenna Forte each singled in one run, and Ferrigno brought in two with her single.

Senior Missy DeFrain added a two-run single in the seventh.

In the opener, Ferrigno put the Mules on top, 1-0, with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the first, but Waynesburg scored four unearned runs in the second.

Forte went 3-for-4 in each game and is hitting .750 through six games.

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Junior Tom McDonald struck out 10, and sophomore Daniel Asip broke the game open with a three-run double as the Muhlenberg baseball team defeated Lake Erie, 14-2.

Lake Erie (0-4) got off to a quick start as the first two batters of the game came around to score. McDonald then took control, striking out the final two batters of the inning. He pitched six innings for the win and struck out five of the final seven batters he faced to finish with a career-high 10.

Muhlenberg’s bullpen was equally effective, as junior Brandon Manekin and freshman Christian Conti threw three scoreless innings, striking out two and allowing just three baserunners. The 12 total strikeouts were the most by the Mules (2-1) since they recorded 16 against Lake Erie last spring break.

Junior Pete Oris knotted the game at two when he hit a two-run, two-out single in the bottom of the first.

The Mules’ leadoff batter reached base in each of the final eight innings, scoring six times. Muhlenberg also succeeded by finding various ways to score runs as it picked up at least one in every inning but the seventh.

Junior Mike Hart walked with the bases loaded in the second, senior Matt Tobia stole third and scored on a balk in the third, and junior Matthew Block doubled to start the fourth before crossing the plate on a double play.

Junior Ryan Sassaman helped the Mules go up 8-2 in the fifth when he hit an RBI double and scored the first of two runs as a result of a Storm error. Tobia had an RBI double in the sixth inning, and junior Eric Wolfer drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth, one batter before Asip recorded his first career hit with the bases-clearing double.

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