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First basemen had the big hits in both games as the Muhlenberg softball team closed out its season with a doubleheader split at Cabrini. The Mules won the first game, 3-1 in eight innings, but dropped the nightcap, 4-3,
Jennifer Rosenthal
Rosenthal (second from right) celebrates with her teammates after her record-breaking home run.
to finish with a record of 17-21.

Muhlenberg was one strike away from a 1-0 win in the opener before the Cavaliers (18-19) tied the score with a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh. The eighth was played under international tiebreaker rules, with junior Nicole Washburn starting at second. She went to third on freshman RiRi Ferrigno’s one-out single, but then was tagged out retreating to the bag on a ground ball by freshman Michelle Consiglio.

Senior Missy DeFrain came to the plate and drove a double to deep center field, scoring Ferrigno and Consiglio. Washburn retired all three batters she faced in the bottom of the eighth to pick up her 11th win of the season, matching her career total entering the year.

DeFrain, one of two Mule seniors, almost had a game-winning hit in the final at-bat of her career. She did not start the second game, but came in late and had one last at-bat.

Her replacement at first base in the nightcap, sophomore Jennifer Rosenthal, made history by belting a two-run homer to center in the top of the third. It was her fourth round-tripper of the season, breaking a tie with five other players for the school record.

Rosenthal’s home run gave Muhlenberg a 3-1 lead, and the score remained that way until Cabrini scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to steal the game.

Junior Hilary Marinchak had five hits in the two games, and Ferrigno added four, including her 16th double of the season.

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