Athletics: Baseball

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Program Overview:

The Muhlenberg College baseball program has finished in the top half of the Centennial Conference nine of the past 14 seasons, after never having finished higher than ninth place previously. The Mules qualified for the CC championship tournament in 2002 and 2003, reaching the championship series both years.

In 2008, Muhlenberg returned to the CC playoffs and scored a win against eventual national runner-up Johns Hopkins.

The team won 92 games from 1999 to 2003, the most in program history for that span, including a school-record 23 victories in 2002. In 2010, the Mules recorded three wins against teams that Muhlenberg baseball qualified for the NCAA Tournament, and in 2013 they split a doubleheader with the eventual CC champions.

The Mules play on Cedarcreek Field, which was built for them in 1997. In 2007, the backstop was moved back and an electronic scoreboard was installed. The fences were moved in for the 2008 season, making the park fairer for home run hitters, but it still produces high numbers of triples with its spacious gaps.

The coaches stress solid defense and aggressiveness at the plate, in the field and on the basepaths as cornerstones of a successful program. Muhlenberg baseball has a fall practice season, which includes a scrimmage, and begins spring practice indoors in January. An indoor batting cage provides the opportunity for hitters to practice their strokes year-round.

The Mules begin every season with a trip to Florida, where they take advantage of the warm weather to combine training and competition with social activities during the 10-day trip.

Back up North, the schedule runs from mid-March to early May for a total of 40 games. A typical week includes Centennial Conference single games on Tuesday and Friday and a Conference doubleheader on Saturday.

The Centennial Conference champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.