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BASEBALL VS. HAVERFORD:
RE-“PETE” OF LAST YEAR

Junior Pete Oris belted a two-run home run with nobody out in the bottom of the 11th to give the Muhlenberg baseball team a 13-11 win against Haverford.

The walkoff round-tripper completed a comeback from a five-run deficit by the Mules (11-9, 4-1), and it gave the Fords (13-11, 4-1) their first Centennial Conference loss of the season.

This was the second straight year that Muhlenberg defeated Haverford on an extra-inning walkoff
Mike Misciagna
Freshman Mike Misciagna earned his third win with four innings of one-run relief. He entered the game with a runner on third and nobody out in the eighth and left him stranded.
home run. Last season, Matt Tobia led off the 10th with a game-ending homer.

Tobia played an important role in this game too. The Mules trailed, 11-10, when they came to bat in the 11th. Junior Ryan Sassaman led off by dropping a bunt down the third-base line for his third hit of the game. He stole second and came around to score the tying run when Tobia laced a single to left.

Oris, the next batter, fell behind 0-2, then worked the count even. Tobia took off to steal second with the 2-2 pitch, then jogged around the bases after Oris hit a hanging curveball over the 340 sign in left for his first-ever walkoff home run.

“I knew he liked throwing his curveball,” said Oris of the Fords’ relief pitcher, who had used his curve effectively to work out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam in the 10th. “I had an idea it might come, and I got lucky.”

To be in position for the dramatic ending, Muhlenberg had to overcome a potent Haverford offense that pounded out 11 extra-base hits, including two home runs – the second of which, a three-run bomb, gave the Fords a 7-2 lead in the top of the fifth. The Mules came right back with four in the bottom of the inning, knocking out a Haverford starter who came in with a 0.93 ERA. A two-run triple by freshman Edward Risener was the big hit in the fifth.

The Fords scored twice in the sixth, but Muhlenberg did likewise, combining back-to-back singles by Tobia and Oris with two errors, to remain with one.

The Mules finally tied the score in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run single by sophomore Daniel Asip.

Oris finished the game with four of Muhlenberg’s 20 hits and scored four runs. Sassaman, Asip and freshman John Kalis had three hits apiece.

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Last updated April 4, 2006