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softball splits one-run games

Jess Kasza
In addition to her last-inning go-ahead double in the second game, Kasza turned a 1-6-3 double play in the opener.
The Muhlenberg softball team was two outs away from a doubleheader sweep at Neumann but had to settle for its third straight split.

The Mules (8-5) won the opener 1-0 behind the four-hit pitching of senior Ashley Brewer and rallied to take a 6-5 lead in the top of the seventh of the nightcap. But the Knights (6-6) won the game on a two-run walkoff home run.

Brewer was brilliant in pitching her ninth career shutout, facing only five
Baseball Swept by Fisher

The St. John Fisher baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Muhlenberg by taking both ends of a doubleheader, 16-2 and 16-3.

Senior Joseph DiCecilia, batting leadoff for the first time as a Mule, went 5-for-7 in the two games, including his first home run of the season in the opener. Junior Nick Busillo drove in all three Mule runs in the nightcap.

Muhlenberg finished up a stretch in which it played six consecutive games, and nine of 11, against teams that were in the NCAA Tournament last year.
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batters above the minimum and allowing only one runner past second base. And for the second time in her career, she pitched a shutout and drove in the only run of the game, doubling in Devon Barber, who singled to lead off the sixth and was sacrificed to second.

Brewer's sacrifice fly drove in the first of two Muhlenberg runs in the first inning of Game 2. The score remained 2-0 until Neumann broke through for four runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Junior Brittany Blohm hit her first home run of the season in the sixth, but the Knights got the run back in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-3 lead into the last inning.

Barber led off the seventh by drawing a walk and went to second on a single by freshman Erica Wenzel. One out later, freshman Kelly Kline singled in a run, and the next batter, senior Jess Kasza, doubled to bring in Wenzel and Kline with the tying and go-ahead runs.

The would-be dramatic win for Muhlenberg turned into a dramatic win for Neumann in the bottom of the seventh.
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