The Muhlenberg baseball team hit the ball well and showed that it could
compete with the Centennial Conferences best by notching two wins and
a tie against playoff-bound teams, but
was unable to win consistently and finished 12-18-1 and 6-11-1 in the CC.
OConnor posted a 15-10 career record.
A 4-3 win against Franklin & Marshall and a 7-2 defeat of Ursinus
highlighted the conference season. Junior Aaron Regensburg picked up one
of his team-leading three wins and five complete games against the
Diplomats, and senior Chris OConnor pitched a three-hitter to beat
With the Ursinus victory, OConnor tied assistant coach Joshua Carter
for fourth on the Berg career list with 15 wins and helped Head Coach
Bob Macaluso win his 100th game.
With his .402 average, junior shortstop Matthew Long became the 14th Mule
to hit .400
in a season with 60 or more at-bats. He notched a .542 slugging
percentage, 30 runs and a team-best 27 RBI and nine doubles. Long was one
of five CC players to hit .400.
A three-run pinch-hit home run by senior catcher and captain Adam Sadler
Mule comeback to win at Gettysburg. Sadler then drove in four runs in an
extra-inning triumph at McDaniel the following day. Muhlenberg also picked
CC wins against Swarthmore and Washington (Md.).
Sadler drove in 26 runs in 2004 and finished 12th on the Mule career RBI
list with 64. He ranks sixth in school history with 550 career putouts.
The Mules opened the season with a 13-4 home victory against Moravian and
four games, including a 16-run, 17-hit performance against Salve Regina,
at the Clearwater (Fla.) Invitational. They put up at least 13 hits in
three of their first four and five of their first nine games.
Long and .381-hitting freshman Pete Oris each hit a pair of home
runs. Freshman Mike Hart became the first Mule since 1987 to hit six
triples and, against Moravian in his first collegiate game, hit two
doubles and two triples to become the first since 1934 to record four
extra-base hits in a game. Hart hit .339 with 23 RBI and ranked seventh in
Division III in triples per game.
Another freshman, rightfielder Ryan Sassaman,
hit .349 and was perfect in 14 steal attempts.
Junior C.J. Kessler stole 11 bases and led the squad with 31 runs.
Classmate Gregg Burkhart struck out 61 would-be hitters to rank third in
the CC and 30th in Division III.