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Muhlenberg scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to come from behind and defeat Haverford, 7-6, in Game 1. The Fords rapped out 17 hits in taking the nightcap, 8-4.
The doubleheader started about 45 minutes late because the Fords' bus broke down en route to Cedarcreek Field. The teams made up for the late start with a wild first inning that featured seven runs. After Haverford (13-11, 6-4) scored three times in the top of the frame, the Mules (10-13, 5-5) responded with four runs in their half. Junior Jess Kasza delivered the big hit, a two-run double.
Haverford scored three more runs in the top of the fourth and brought a 6-5 lead into the bottom of the seventh. Junior Ashley Brewer, who pitched 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, led off with a hard single off the third baseman's glove. After Kasza's sacrifice bunt, Brewer scored when sophomore Brittany Blohm, who brought in a run with a suicide squeeze bunt in the fifth, singled up the middle.
Blohm went to second on the throw home and was replaced by pinch-runner Jenna Littmann, who went to third on a fly ball to right. The next batter, senior Jenna Van Waalwijk, hit a ground ball to third base. The throw to first was high and tipped off the glove of the leaping first baseman, allowing Littman to score the decisive run in the Mules' second walkoff win in three games.
In addition to contributing to Muhlenberg's two big scoring innings, Kasza saved a run with a heads-up defensive play in the fifth, faking a throw to first to trap a Ford runner off third base.
The second game started similarly to the first, with the Fords scoring a run in the top of the inning and the Mules scoring one more in the bottom. But a five-run fourth inning by Haverford proved too much for Muhlenberg to overcome.
Brewer went 5-for-8 with two stolen bases in the doubleheader. Freshman Devon Barber was 4-for-6 and stole four bases. Brewer now has 20 steals on the season with Barber right behind her at 17; only once before in team history have two Mule swiped at least 17 bases in the same season.
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