Led by an explosive offense that made no opponents lead safe, the
Muhlenberg baseball team sprinted into first place after eight games of
the 2006 Centennial Conference season. But the Mules ran out of dramatics
and won only once in their last 13 games, finishing 15-20-1 overall and in
fifth place in the CC with an 8-9-1 mark.
Tobia led the Mules with 37 runs scored and received All-CC honorable
mention. He finished his career fifth on the all-time list in RBI (90) and
eighth in runs scored (93).
Muhlenberg had a .368 team batting average and was averaging 10.05 runs
through 22 games, following 13-9 and 15-5 victories against Washington
the Mules first sweep of a CC doubleheader since 2003. The next
day, Muhlenberg scored four runs in the top of the ninth for an 8-7 win at
Haverford, completing a season sweep of the eventual CC finalist.
Big innings were a trademark of the Mules the entire season. Muhlenberg
set a school record for an extra inning by scoring seven in the 10th
against Lake Erie and scored four or more runs in 25 frames during the
Unfortunately, the opponents also got in on the act against a pitching
staff that was inexperienced to start the season and had its ranks thinned
by injuries. A pair of early games against Hartwick best illustrated the
Mules positives and negatives. In the first, they trailed 26-9
before falling 30-25 in one of the highest-scoring games in Division III
history. The next day, Muhlenberg nearly erased a 19-4 deficit but fell
The Mules finished the year with a .336 batting average, their highest
since 1928, and set school records for runs (308) and hits (438) in a
season. They ended up 23rd in Division III in scoring, 27th in batting
average and seventh in triples per game.
Chad Hegstrom hit a career-best .312 with nine stolen bases as a senior.
He hit an inside-the-park home run against Hartwick.
Junior Pete Oris paced the offense with a .429 batting average,
runs and a school-record 41 RBI. A second-team All-CC selection, he led
the CC and ranked 30th in Division III in RBI per game.
Junior Ryan Sassaman, one of three Mules to reach the 100-hit
2006, had his best season, hitting .371 and leading the team in hits (49)
and stolen bases (15). Sophomore Joseph Carlo (.363, three home
RBI), senior Matt Tobia (.333, 37 RBI) and junior Mike Hart
among the eight Muhlenberg players with at least 90 at-bats who hit better
A pair of record-setting freshmen also bolstered the offense. Eric
Hammond set a school record for freshmen by hitting .417. He stole 12
drove in 28 runs from the leadoff spot, earning All-CC honorable mention.
John Kalis hit .341 with a school-record 13 doubles.