Individual milestones and a three-game hitting tear highlighted the 2007
Muhlenberg baseball season.
The Mules had two players record their 100th career hits and one break the
school record for career RBI in a 9-25 campaign. The team also achieved a
program first by scoring at least 15 runs in three consecutive games.
Oris hit .345 for his career and finished in the
Mules top 10 in hits (148), runs (95), doubles (30), home runs (12),
extra-base hits (49), total bases (226) and slugging percentage (.527).
Muhlenberg opened the season playing an aggressive brand of ball on its
season-opening trip to Orlando, Fla. Stolen bases and squeeze bunts were
frequent calls; the Mules had two straight steals of home in the first
five games, one on a triple steal, and swiped 12 bags in a 14-0 shutout of
The team struggled when it returned to Allentown and won just one of its
first nine northern games. Then in a span of five days, Muhlenberg knocked
off Moravian, 15-5, and swept Swarthmore, 16-6 and 18-12, batting .455 as
a team over the three games.
The momentum did not last, though, as the Mules dropped 11 of their next
12 before closing with a 7-6 win against DeSales.
Senior Pete Oris drove in three runs in the finale to become the
programs all-time leader with 113 career RBI. He hit .317 with a
team-leading 25 RBI in 2007.
Oris was one of nine seniors who closed out their careers. Ryan
Sassaman, the Mules lone All-Centennial Conference selection
(first team), hit .319 and led the team in hits (38) and runs (27);
A.J. Bettini batted a career-best .365; Mike Hart joined the
100-hit club; and Matthew Block hit .269.
Sassaman finished his career third on Muhlenbergs
lists in hits (153), runs (104) and stolen bases (42).
On the mound, Eric Wolfer served as the closer and posted a 1.08
ERA, and Dave Andrew won two games in his first season with the
team. Two seniors who had been pitchers their entire careers made noise
with the bats, as Tom McDonald hit .297 as a first baseman, and
Jason Bonder went 5-for-5 against DeSales.
Among non-senior returnees, junior Joe Carlo hit .319 with a
team-leading 13 stolen bases and recorded his 100th career hit. Sophomore
Christian Conti emerged as the starting centerfielder and hit .321.
Muhlenberg also displayed some outstanding freshmen. Dan Fisher
started at third base the second half of the season and hit .379 with a
.500 slugging percentage. Shortstop Eric Pomroy hit .324 and tied a
school record with six hits in the second Swarthmore game. Lefty Phil
Cresta was the ace of the staff, going 3-3 with a 4.45 ERA and 40