big inning, big flies for softball
The Mules won the first game, 9-3, and dropped the second game, 5-4. The Garnet has qualified for the Centennial Conference playoffs each of the last three years.
In the opening game,
Freshman Shelby Smith drove in the first run of the inning with a single, and after an intentional walk, senior RiRi Ferrigno brought in the tying run with an unintentional walk. Freshman Maggie Scarpelli singled to give Muhlenberg the lead, and senior Samantha Crist drew another bases-loaded walk to make it 5-3.
Four more runs scored on a single by junior Jenna Van Waalwijk, a forceout and two infield errors.
The game marked the second time in four days that the Mules came back from two runs behind to win in their final at-bat. Prior to Saturday’s first game against Washington, Muhlenberg hadn’t done that since a 2004 game against Dickinson.
Ferrigno became the Mules’ all-time leader with 84 career RBI when she hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning of the second game. It was her sixth career home run, tying the school record.
Scarpelli and Van Waalwijk also went deep in the fourth, giving Muhlenberg a school-record three home runs in the game. Swarthmore (10-13, 1-5) broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the sixth, however, and held on to break the Mules’ eight-game winning streak.
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