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Baseball Can’t Come Back Twice,
Falls to Rochester

The Muhlenberg baseball team managed only seven hits and had its record fall to 4-4 with a 9-3 loss to Rochester at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Fla.

The Mules overcame an early 2-0 hole to tie the score at 3-3 on a pair of RBI groundouts in the top of the fifth. The Yellow Jackets took the lead right back by scoring twice in their half of the fifth, then broke the game open with four in the seventh.

Matt Tobia and Adam Sadler had two hits apiece. One of Tobia’s was an RBI double.

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Not everyone gets invited to the Leadoff Classic in LaGrange, Ga., so the Muhlenberg softball team is taking advantage of its chance to play on one of the sport’s biggest stages.

The Mules swept their first day of competition at the event, pulling out a 1-0 win in a 10-inning battle with Lake Forest before beating Bridgewater State, 4-2, to improve to 6-0.

Senior Danielle DeLucia pitched the 10th shutout of her career, a two-hitter, in the opener. She struck out six and pitched her best when it counted, getting out of jams repeatedly and stranding 12 Forester runners.

Sophomore Missy DeFrain drove in the game’s only run in the top of the 10th. As part of the extra-inning tiebreaking procedure, freshman Katie Olson began the inning on second, pinch-running for Jackie Maser. She advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Lindsay Ruhling and scored on a DeFrain sacrifice fly.

Lake Forest (3-4), which made last year’s NCAA Tournament and received votes in the national preseason poll, threatened several times, but could not score. DeLucia induced groundouts to leave two runners on in the first and third innings and three on in the fifth.

The Foresters sacrificed their runner to third in the bottom of the 10th, but a pop-up and a grounder to Mule senior shortstop Becki Toth sealed their fate.

The Mules got more from their offense in the second game, against Bridgewater State (1-5), which missed NCAAs in 2003 for the first time in six seasons.

Maser singled home senior Nicole Sarno in the top of the first. Sarno is now tied with Toth for the team lead with five runs and is hitting .524. Maser leads the squad with six RBI.

The Mules added runs in the second and third before freshman Tina Roth finished the Mule scoring with her first career RBI in the fifth, singling in DeFrain.

Sophomore Kristina Cartolano took her bid for a second shutout in as many starts into the seventh inning, but the Bears (1-5) scored a pair of unearned runs. Cartolano struck out seven and gave up five hits and no walks. She has struck out 15 and has not allowed an earned run in three 2004 appearances (two wins and a save).

Sophomores Andrea Cohen and Tara DeMarzo each recorded a pair of hits in the nightcap.

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