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The Muhlenberg softball team lost a pair of one-run heartbreakers at Gettysburg, 2-1 and 6-5, in its Centennial Conference-opening doubleheader.

The Mules (7-13) have now lost seven in a row, with three of the losses coming by one run and two others by two runs.

In the first game, the Bullets (14-3) sandwiched two triples around an infield error to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Muhlenberg got one of the runs back in the fourth when freshman Samantha Crist doubled and scored on a groundout, but had only one baserunner the rest of the way.

The Mules, who had scored seven runs in their last eight games, broke out with a five-run rally in the top of the second of Game 2. Junior Hilary Marinchak and senior Missy DeFrain hit RBI singles, and freshman RiRi Ferrigno capped the outburst with a two-run double.

Muhlenberg could not hold the lead, however, as Gettysburg inched its way back before scoring three in the sixth to pull ahead. The Mules put two runners on base in the seventh but could not plate the tying run.

Ferrigno went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles in the second game.

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Franklin & Marshall, ranked eighth in Division III, had a 42-7 advantage in shots in handing Muhlenberg its second straight loss, 18-6.

Freshman Sara Hiller scored a career-high four goals for the Mules (6-3, 1-3).

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The Muhlenberg baseball team split a doubleheader at McDaniel to finish the first week of the
Tom McDonald
McDonald redeemed himself after allowing 10 runs in 3 1/3 innings in his start against McDaniel last year.
Centennial Conference season with a 3-1 record.

The Mules (10-9 overall) won the first game, 2-1, behind the three-hit pitching of junior Tom McDonald, and dropped the second game, 11-4.

In the opener, McDonald allowed no hits over his final five innings of work to earn his third win of the season. Only three Green Terror runners reached scoring position, none after the third inning.

Muhlenberg scored a run in the first when junior Pete Oris was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. In the second, senior James Petersen led off with a single and scored what proved to be the winning run on a two-out triple by freshman Eric Hammond. It was Hammond’s team-leading fourth three-bagger of the season.

The second game was a back-and-forth contest until McDaniel (6-12, 1-3) scored six runs in its final two at-bats. Junior Matthew Block went 4-for-4 with an RBI.

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Last updated April 1, 2006