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Diamond Teams Swept in Makeups

The Muhlenberg softball team could not carry over the momentum of Saturday’s doubleheader sweep against Washington and was shut out twice by Gettysburg, 2-0 and 4-0.

There were only five baserunners in the opening game, but the Bullets (21-4-1, 7-1) had three of them in one inning, including a two-out triple that drove home the only runs. Sophomore Nicole Washburn pitched a three-hitter in defeat. A fifth-inning double by junior Lindsay Ruhling accounted for the Mules’ lone runner.

Muhlenberg (11-15, 5-5) had better chances in the second game, getting two runners to third, but could not push anyone across.

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Baseball Drops Pair of Slugfests

The Muhlenberg and McDaniel baseball teams, enjoying the warm weather and tired pitching staffs, combined for 60 runs, 67 hits and 26 extra-base hits in their makeup doubleheader. The Green Terror (6-13, 3-9) packed more punch, winning 16-11 in eight innings and 24-9.

The Mules (13-10, 5-7) made a tremendous comeback to send the first game into extra innings. Trailing 9-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth and with only three hits up to that point, Muhlenberg scored six times (all with two out) to cut the gap to one. Sophomore Ryan Sassaman drove in the first run with a triple. Three batters later, sophomore Mike Hart hit a two-run triple, and the next batter, sophomore Pete Oris, belted a home run.

McDaniel scored twice in the top of the seventh to make it 11-8. After the Mules loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the inning, a walk to Sassaman and a two-run single by senior Matthew Long tied the score. A double steal by Sassaman and Long put the winning run on third with one out, but a strikeout and groundout ended the inning.

The Green Terror scored five runs in the top of the eighth, and this time Muhlenberg could not come back.

The triples by Sassaman and Hart gave the Mules a school record-tying 22 for the year.

McDaniel had four doubles, six triples and two home runs among its 28 hits in the nightcap, opening up a 20-0 lead with 10 runs in the fifth. Oris hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, becoming the second Muhlenberg player this year to go yard in both ends of a doubleheader.

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Last updated April 17, 2005