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Despite combining for 17 hits in its doubleheader against McDaniel, the Muhlenberg softball team brought just one runner across home plate. The Mules (8-18, 5-7) dropped the first game, 4-1, and then were shut out for the third time in their last four games when they fell, 1-0, in nine innings in Game 2.

In the nightcap, senior Nicole Washburn pitched eight shutout innings and had given up just three hits before surrendering the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. She finished the day with a career-high 11 strikeouts – the most by a Muhlenberg pitcher in five years.

Muhlenberg left the bases loaded three times in Game 2.

Earlier in the day, Muhlenberg took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning of Game 1 when junior Jennifer Rosenthal doubled to left center to knock in sophomore RiRi Ferrigno. The Green Terror then rallied to score four runs in their next three innings to take the game.

Senior Tina Roth led the Mules with four hits on the day, going 3-for-5 in Game 2. Sophomore Michelle Consiglio also hit 3-for-5 in the second game, including a double.

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The Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team closed out its Centennial Conference season with a 17-12 loss at regionally ranked playoff-bound McDaniel.

The Mules held a 7-4 lead midway through the first half, but the Green Terror (11-4, 5-4), who are ranked fifth in the Metro Region, stormed back to take an 11-8 advantage into the break. The Mules got no closer than two goals the rest of the way.

Senior Katie Reimann and sophomore Ruth Morrongiello led Muhlenberg (8-7, 2-7) with four points apiece. Reimann recorded a hat trick and added an assist, while Morrongiello notched two goals and two helpers. Three other Mule players scored two goals each.

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The haul for the nine seniors on the Muhlenberg baseball team in their last home Centennial Conference doubleheader was 13 hits, 12 runs, eight runs batted in, two doubles, a triple and – most importantly – one win.

The Mules (8-19, 4-10) came back to win the second game against McDaniel, 16-6, after dropping the opener, 8-6. They closed out Senior Day with seven of the nine seniors on the field.

Dan Fisher

Fisher slides in on a straight steal of home in the second inning of Game 1. The umpire called him out but changed his call when the McDaniel catcher dropped the ball.

Dave Andrew, one of the nine, earned the win in the nightcap with three innings of one-run relief. Ryan Sassaman scored four runs in the twinbill to surpass the century mark for his career. He is third in team history with 103 runs scored and just two hits away from 150. Pete Oris drove in three runs to move to within five RBI of becoming Muhlenberg’s all-time leader.

Among the other seniors, A.J. Bettini had three hits and scored four runs, Matthew Block hit a big two-out, two-run single in the second game, Mike Hart tripled and scored three runs in Game 2, and Eric Wolfer closed out both games.

Junior Joe Carlo drove in six runs in the two games in a variety of ways: two run-scoring singles, a suicide squeeze, a sacrifice fly and by getting hit by pitch with the bases loaded.

The Mules (8-19, 4-10) trailed 8-2 in the opening game heading into their final at-bat before mounting a comeback. With one, sophomore Christian Conti belted his first career home run, a long drive to the right of the 390 sign in left-center. Carlo’s infield single made it 8-4, and a two-run double by Oris put the tying runs in scoring position. That’s where they would stay, however, as the next batter flied out to end the game.

Muhlenberg made a successful comeback in the nightcap. The Mules were down 6-4 when Bettini opened the bottom of the sixth with a single. After Sassaman singled, freshman Eric Pomroy tied the game with a triple, his second of the doubleheader. Carlo’s squeeze bunt put the Mules ahead to stay. Hart followed with a triple (the 13th of his career, second all-time at Muhlenberg) and scored on a single by freshman Dan Fisher.

The home team put the game away with six runs in the seventh while hardly swinging the bats. Five straight batters reached base by either walk or hit batsman to plate two runs and make the score 10-6. With two outs, sophomore Chris Costa finally got the first hit of the inning, bringing in one run, and Block followed with a two-run single up the middle. Conti’s third hit of the game, an RBI single, capped the rally.

An RBI pinch-hit double by senior Jason Bonder highlighted the two-run eighth.

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Last updated April 21, 2007