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Tuesday, April 5, 2005
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Freshman Katie Vecchione starred on the mound and at bat to lead the Muhlenberg softball team to a 6-5 win against Dickinson in the opening
Katie Vecchione
Vecchione allowed four hits and three unearned runs in picking up her second win of the season.
game of its first Centennial Conference doubleheader of the season. The Red Devils came back to win another one-run game in the nightcap, 2-1.

Vecchione came on in relief with one out, runners on second and third and two runs already across the plate in the top of the third. She slammed the door by striking out the next two hitters and finished with six strikeouts in her 4 2/3-inning stint.

Vecchione’s first career hit, a single up the middle, helped the Mules (7-10, 1-1) come back from what had been a three-run deficit to tie the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth. Junior Lindsay Ruhling, who led off with a single, went to third on Vecchione’s hit and scored on a two-out error.

Dickinson (5-11, 1-1) went right back in front by scoring an unearned run
Baseball Winning Streak Snapped

The contest between two of the three teams that started 2-0 in Centennial Conference play turned out to be not much of a contest, as Haverford scored seven runs in the first inning en route to a 21-1 win.

The Mules (10-4, 2-1), who had their six-game winning streak snapped, will get another crack at the Fords (12-9, 3-0) on Friday.

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in the top of the seventh. In the bottom of the frame, singles by Ruhling and sophomore Tina Roth, combined with an infield error, loaded the bases with one out. A strikeout got Muhlenberg down to its final out, but Vecchione lined a single to right on the first pitch, scoring Roth with the tying run.

Sophomore Hilary Marinchak followed by drawing a walk on five pitches to force in the winning run.

Ruhling went 3-for-4 in the game, and Roth had an RBI double in the two-run fifth.

The win snapped a seven-game losing streak in which the Mules played teams ranked third, 18th, 25th and 30th in Division III.

The second game was scoreless until the top of the sixth, when the Red Devils hit a two-out, two-run homer. Muhlenberg loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the sixth and got one run back on Ruhling’s fifth hit of the doubleheader, but had two runners thrown out at the plate.

The Mules got one runner on in the seventh but could not duplicate their first-game dramatics.

Junior Kristina Cartolano pitched a complete-game five-hitter and was the hard-luck loser.

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