The Knights stopped a seventh-inning comeback and held on to a 5–4 victory over the Muhlenberg Mules on Monday evening to extend its winning streak to four games. With the victory, the Knights would claim the series 2–0 and improve to 22–10. The Mules drop to 12–22.
Arcadia freshman Mary Pat Murray registered her eighth win of the season on the mound, throwing a complete game. Murray allowed 10 hits with four earned runs, one walk and four strikeouts.
For Muhlenberg, junior Hayley Peterson was on the mound and suffered her sixth loss. Peterson went six innings, giving up 11 hits, four earned runs, one walk and striking out four.
Murray feels that the team needs to keep the momentum up as the postseason approaches.
“We are going to use this as momentum for us heading into the playoffs,” Murray said of the sweep.
Freshman pitcher Kylee Schwind agreed with Murray, and knows just how dominate this team could be heading into the conference tournament.
“We always come out with that fire and we will never let up in any game,” Schwind said.
At the plate, the Knights saw multiple hits from three different players (Sophomore Jackie Bilotti, 2, junior Amanda Hess, 2, and freshman Bekah Good, 2). The designated player, freshman Julia Gessner, led the pack with two RBIs. Also driving in runs were sophomore Kristin Cancelliere and Murray.
The Mules saw two players have multi-hit games (Juniors Hanna Caiola and Amelia Shelley, 2) and three players pick up an RBI (Senior Courtney Simon, 2, Peterson and Shelley, 1).
After a scoreless first inning, the Mules would strike first in the top of the second. Peterson singled through the left side, driving in Shelley as the go-ahead run, 1–0.
The Knights wouldn’t bat one around until the bottom of the third when Hess doubled down the left field line, driving in Bilotti and moving Cancelliere into scoring position. The next at bat, Murray chipped one through the left side, bringing Cancelliere in and giving Arcadia its first lead of the game, 2–1. Two batters later, Gessner singled up the middle to drive in Murray and Hess — Knights on top, 4–1.
The game remained without another runner crossing the plate until the fifth inning when Muhlenberg started its comeback. With the bases loaded, Simon was hit by a Murray pitch, allowing a run to score. Shelley would come up to the plate next and sent a shot up the middle, plating Caiola and pulling the Mules within one, 4–3.
Into the bottom of the sixth, Arcadia had Good at third when Cancelliere sent the first pitch she faced up the middle. Good would score with ease extending the Knights lead, 5–3.
During their final inning, the Mules tried to stage a comeback with an RBI triple from Simon to cut the deficit to one. However, Murray buckled down and sent the Mules packing.
Arcadia is back in action tomorrow as it heads to Haverford for a double header. First game is set for 3 p.m.