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The Muhlenberg baseball team had a frustrating day in Florida, dropping a pair of one-run games to Waynesburg.

In the opener, the Yellow Jackets scored three runs on seven hits in the first two innings off freshman Dan Fisher, who was making his first career appearance. He settled down, allowing only two hits in four innings the rest of his outing, but the Mules (2-5) couldn’t climb back.

Junior Joe Carlo singled in a run in the fourth and reached third after singling in the bottom of the sixth in Muhlenberg’s best chance to tie.

A two-run single by sophomore John Kalis and suicide squeeze bunt by sophomore Danny Asip brought in three runs in the second inning of Game 2. Trailing 4-3 in the seventh, the Mules put the potential tying run at second, but a line drive up the middle was snagged by the pitcher for a game-ending double play.

The doubleheader ended a stretch in which the Mules played four games in less than 24 hours.

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A day after visiting Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, Tina Roth had her own adventure on the softball field.

The senior hit an inside-the-park grand slam in Muhlenberg’s 9-6 win against Heidelberg in the first of two games. The Mules also captured the second game, 6-1 against Westminster (Pa.).

The two wins were most welcome for a team that dropped its first four games of the
Hilary Marinchak
Senior Hilary Marinchak steals second base in the third inning of the second game. The Mules’ leadoff batter went 4-for-7 with three runs scored and four stolen bases in the twinbill and also threw out runners from centerfield in each game. She is hitting a team-leading .381 with seven stolen bases through six games.
season. After going 0-2 on each of its first two days in Florida, Muhlenberg took Tuesday off to enjoy the area attractions.

“It was two rough days, and it was good for everyone to get away and take their minds off softball, ” said Roth. “We came back ready to win, and we did.”

They did in a first game that was every bit as thrilling as the theme park rides – sometimes for the wrong reasons. With the score tied at 3-3 in the top of the fourth, Roth stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded and drove an outside pitch to deep right. The rightfielder dove for the ball but missed, and Roth circled the bases.

The slam was only the fifth in Muhlenberg softball history, and the first since 1996.

The Mules preserved the 7-3 lead, but barely. They needed a 1-2-3 double play to escape the fifth without allowing a run, then gave up three unearned runs in the sixth.

Muhlenberg scored two insurance runs on an error in the top of the seventh. In the bottom of the frame, Heidelberg loaded the bases with one out, and again sophomore Lara Kestenbaum coaxed a double play, this one started by freshman Jenna Van Waalwijk at third, to end the game.

The Mules rode the outstanding pitching of Nicole Washburn in the second game. The senior struck out nine and allowed only four hits and one unearned run. She recorded back-to-back strikeouts with runners on second and third to end the fourth inning.

Washburn also bunted to set up a first-inning run and reached on an error after a successful bunt in the third. She was one of two runners who scored when junior Jennifer Rosenthal’s ground ball squirted through the infield.

Sophomore Samantha Crist had two hits, two runs scored, two RBI and two stolen bases against the Titans.

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Last updated March 7, 2007