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SOFTBALL HANGS TOUGH WITH No. 1 TEAM
It was hard to tell which was the No. 1 team.
The Muhlenberg softball team went toe-to-toe with Muskingum, the top-ranked team in the Division III preseason poll, before falling, 4-3, on two runs in the seventh inning. The Mules (0-4) dropped their second game of the day, 10-2 to John Carroll.
Muhlenberg took a 1-0 lead on the Muskies in the bottom of the first when senior leadoff batter Hilary Marinchak singled after a long at-bat. After a stolen base and a sacrifice, she scored on a groundout by sophomore RiRi Ferrigno.
Muskingum tied the score in the second, but the Mules went back on top in the third. Sophomore Samantha Crist was on second with two outs when junior Jennifer Rosenthal singled up the middle. The shortstop made a nice diving stop, but fumbled the ball in attempting to pick it up, and Crist scooted home with the go-ahead run.
The 2-1 lead held until the sixth, when the Muskies tied the game on a triple and sacrifice fly. They took their first lead with two runs in the top of the seventh.
Ferrigno singled in Marinchak with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. The game ended with the tying run on first.
Ferrigno drove in her third run of the day to give Muhlenberg an early lead in the second game, but John Carroll scored four times in the first and six in the second.
After swiping home plate, John Kalis didnt want anybody else
to have any part of it.
The sophomore rightfielder achieved a rare feat by stealing home and throwing out a runner at home in consecutive half-innings as the Muhlenberg baseball team blanked Wisconsin Lutheran, 14-0, for its second straight win.
The Mules (2-1), who were shut out in their first game, pounded out 15
Muhlenberg already had three runs home in the big inning when Kalis brought in two more with his second triple in as many games. With senior Matthew Block at the plate, Kalis took off and slid in safely ahead of the catchers tag.
We had worked on watching the pitcher and getting the timing down, but I never thought that I would actually steal home, Kalis commented. When I got the sign my adrenaline went through the roof. It was a feeling that Ive never had before.
Three straight hitters in the order senior A.J. Bettini, freshman Eric Pomroy and sophomore Eric Hammond had two hits apiece in the nine-run inning, which ended with the Mules enjoying a 10-0 lead.
Kalis helped preserve the margin in the top of the fourth when he caught a fly ball in shallow right field and fired a perfect one-hop throw to the plate to gun down a runner trying to score from third.
The sun was brutal today, and I felt like I was more focused in using my glove to shade my eyes, he said. A.J. did a great job blocking the plate. It was a great way to cap the day.
The day wasnt over just yet, as Muhlenberg tacked on four more runs en route to its biggest shutout since a 14-0 win against Concordia (Mich.) in 2002.
There was even room for one more highlight reel play. In the top of the seventh, sophomore catcher Stephen Borchard (who drove in a run with a pinch-hit double in his first career at-bat) had a foul pop slip out of his glove, but Block alertly dove to snag the ball for an out.
Kalis drove in three runs and stole three bases for the game. Hammond also stole three bases, with Pomroy and junior Joe Carlo swiping two apiece.
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