baseball, softball both split:
Vila signaled to his aunt twice in a doubleheader split with
“I come from a very religious family,” said Vila, the first Mule to go yard in both ends of a doubleheader since Pete Oris (also against McDaniel) in 2005. “My grandfather always taught me to be thankful for what I have. Not everyone gets to play college baseball.”
Suzy would have been proud of her nephew for his hitting display, and she also would have been proud of his teammates for the way they came back after a tough loss in Game 1. Vila broke up a scoreless duel in the bottom of the sixth with a blast over the fence in left, but the Green Terror scored twice in the top of the seventh when Muhlenberg was unable to turn a potential game-ending double play.
The loss spoiled a magnificent effort from senior Jason Daniels, who pitched a four-hitter, striking out six, and allowed only four balls to be hit out of the infield.
Still reeling after the near-win, the Mules (5-17-1, 3-2) spotted McDaniel (9-8, 2-3) two runs in the top of the first inning of Game 2.
“We were a little flat at the start of the second game,” admitted Vila. “But we have a never-say-die attitude. We were very patient at the plate, kept chipping away and had some great at-bats in the second game.”
Muhlenberg got a run back in the second on a walk and two straight two-out hits, then took advantage of poor Green Terror fielding to take the lead with four in the third. McDaniel made errors on three
McDaniel scored twice in the fifth to make it 5-4, but the Mules got the runs back in the bottom of the inning when Vila tripled in Litvak and scored on a groundout.
The Green Terror inched closer with a run in the top of the seventh, and again Muhlenberg got the run right back when Vila cranked a 1-0 pitch for a long home run that went well to the right of the 365 sign in left-center.
“He came with a high curve and missed, so I knew he was going to try to come inside,” said Vila. “I was seeing the ball real well today, and I got a good swing on it. I got a little lucky with the wind, too.”
Leading 8-6 heading into the ninth, the Mules handed the ball back to Game 1 starter Daniels, who has appeared in all five of the team’s Centennial Conference games. The Green Terror loaded the bases with two out, but Daniels got the final out on a ground ball to shortstop to earn his third save in four games.
“I think he’s even better than Mariano now!” said Vila, a Yankees fan. “Jason’s doing an unbelievable job. He has a rubber arm. As a senior, it’s fantastic to see him pitch like that.”
Daniels has allowed only one earned run in 16 innings in his five CC outings. Both of Muhlenberg’s CC losses are by one unearned run.
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