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The slogan for the day was “Desire.Dedication.DeMarzo” as Muhlenberg athletic teams paid tribute to and raised funds for Tara DeMarzo, the softball catcher who is recovering from a car accident. At Cedarcreek Field, where DeMarzo was on hand, the softball and baseball teams “Destroyed.Demolished.Decimated” the ball, combining for 50 runs and 52 hits in a pair of doubleheader sweeps.

Baseball Climbs into First Place

Junior Pete Oris went 6-for-9 with three triples and eight RBI to lead the Muhlenberg baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Washington, 13-9 and 15-5.

The sweep was the Mules’ first of a Centennial Conference twinbill since 2003 and moved them into first place in the CC with a conference record of 6-1. Johns Hopkins is 6-1-1 after a split with Franklin & Marshall (6-2).

Included among Oris’ hits was the 100th of his career, a two-run single in the second inning of Game 1. The eight RBI gave him 35 for the season, just one short of the school record.

Oris’ milestone hit was followed by a two-run single by freshman John Kalis, giving Muhlenberg (13-9 overall) a 6-0 lead. The Mules led 11-5 after five, but the Shoremen (6-17, 1-7) scored four runs before freshman Mike Misciagna came on to get the final out on a called third strike.

An RBI double by junior Ryan Sassaman, his third hit of the game, brought in one of two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Misciagna pitched a scoreless seventh for his first save.

Ryan Sassaman Sassaman slides home with the Mules’ fourth run of Game 1.

Muhlenberg had to come from behind twice in the second game after the Shoremen scored three in the first and two in the third. It was 5-4 heading into the bottom of the fifth, which began with junior Mike Hart leading off with a triple to right center, then dashing home when Washington was slow to return the ball to the infield.

The Mules went ahead later in the inning when two runs scored on a dropped popup, then added two more runs on a double by senior Matt Tobia and Oris’ second triple of the game.

Two-run singles by freshman Eric Hammond and Tobia – his fourth hit of the game – highlighted a six-run sixth.

Freshman Joseph Barrese allowed three hits and no earned runs over his final six innings to earn his third win of the season.

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Softball Offense Breaks Out

The Muhlenberg softball team, which had not scored more than five runs in its last 11 games, erupted to score in double digits in both games of a doubleheader sweep of Franklin & Marshall.

The 10-2, 12-1 victories marked the first time the Mules (10-14, 3-3) scored 10 or more in both ends of a twinbill since 1999.

Leading the offensive charge was sophomore Jennifer Rosenthal, who
Samantha Crist
Crist went 4-for-8 in the doubleheader to raise her average to .290.
became the first player in team history to homer in both games of a doubleheader. She hit a two-run blast to left-center in the fifth inning of the first game and belted a two-run shot to straightaway center to cap a 10-run uprising in the second inning of the nightcap.

Combined with her round-tripper in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Dickinson, Rosenthal has homered in three straight games and tied the school record of three four-baggers in a season.

The first game was scoreless until the Diplomats (4-21, 1-5) plated two runs in the top of the fourth. Muhlenberg answered in a big way, batting around and scoring seven runs. Senior Missy DeFrain, who led off with a single and scored the first run on a Rosenthal double, capped the big frame with a two-run double. Freshman Samantha Crist also had a two-run double in the inning.

Rosenthal’s first home run made it 9-2 in the fifth, and the Mules ended the game on the eight-run rule in the sixth when junior Hilary Marinchak led off with a walk, stole second and came in on an error.

Three players – Rosenthal, freshman Michelle Consiglio and sophomore Katie Vecchione – each had two hits in the 10-run inning in Game 2, Muhlenberg’s biggest inning since scoring 10 against Washington two years ago. Crist and classmate RiRi Ferrigno had RBI doubles, and Consiglio stroked a two-run double as the Mules had nine hits off three Diplomat pitchers.

Vecchione was one out away from a shutout before giving up a run in the top of the fifth.

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