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2000 Spring Sports Update

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For the Week of April 24 to April 30
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SOFTBALL, MEN’S TENNIS IN CONTENTION
The Muhlenberg softball and men’s tennis teams have both made strong bids for the Centennial Conference championship.

Muhlenberg took control of the softball race by sweeping a doubleheader from 16th-ranked Ursinus on April 29. The Mules need to win only one of two games at home against Washington on May 1 to win the CC championship and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Standings through games of April 29:
              CC    All
MUHLENBERG   12-2   16-14
Western Md.  13-3   22-5
Ursinus      12-4   33-10
Gettysburg   11-5   20-5
F & M         7-9   16-19
Dickinson     6-10  15-15
Washington    5-9    9-19
Swarthmore    3-13   5-22
Haverford     1-15   6-28


Men’s tennis lost to six-time defending champion Washington in the final-regular season match and had to settle for second place. Standings through matches of April 27:
              CC    All
Washington    8-0   12-5
MUHLENBERG    6-2   10-4
Johns Hopkins 5-2    6-4
F & M         5-3    8-6
Haverford     5-3    8-7
Gettysburg    3-5    7-6
Dickinson     2-6    6-8
Western Md.   1-7    1-10
Ursinus       0-7    0-8


Monday, April 24
SOFTBALL Muhlenberg 8, Swarthmore 0, Muhlenberg 10, Swarthmore 2. Muhlenberg swept Swarthmore on Fan Appreciation Night to reach the .500 mark for the first time this season and remain in contention in the Centennial Conference. Senior Christine Biechy went 5-for-5 on the night, scoring four runs. Freshman Meghan Woods had three hits, including two doubles in the second game. Senior Heather Dreby picked up the win in the first game, allowing only two hits for her third shutout of the season. Sophomore Liz Kostelnick homered in the first game and hit a two-run triple in the second. Click here for box scores.
WOMEN’S GOLF competed at Franklin & Marshall Invitational. Muhlenberg had three of the top eight golfers, but did not have a fourth and therefore did not qualify for a team score. Sophomore Courtney Sessa was the medalist for the second time in the last three touornaments, firing a 106. Sophomore Kelly Hannon was fourth with a 125, and sophomore Jessica McCourt carded a 129 to tie for seventh. Gettysburg won the tournament with a 523, 10 strokes ahead of Dickinson.

Tuesday, April 25
BASEBALL Haverford 7, Muhlenberg 1. The Mules' bats, which have been hot for the past three weeks, were held to four hits. Junior David Wolf had two of them and scored the lone run when he led off the seventh with a triple and came around to score on a throwing error by the right fielder. Junior Tim Haberbusch struck out nine and took a five-hitter into the ninth inning. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, April 26
BASEBALL Ursinus 8, Muhlenberg 2. The Mules jumped on first-place Ursinus for two runs in the first inning, but managed just one hit the rest of the way. Click here for box score.
MEN’S GOLF finished second at Lehigh Valley Tournament. Muhlenberg closed out its season by finishing second to Lehigh in the annual clash for local bragging rights. The Mules picked up a Matte Award point on Moravian to make the final tally 8-6 for the Greyhounds. Junior Steven Moore led Muhlenberg with an 80. Click here for box score.
LACROSSE Susquehanna 13, Muhlenberg 8. Two record-tying performances went for naught as the Mules could not make up an 8-1 halftime deficit. Freshman Lynsey Caldwell tied a school record with four assists, and sophomore Teresa Lunardi tied a record by causing seven turnovers. Lunardi and junior Kerry Lambert scored three goals apiece. Click here for box score.
WOMEN’S TENNIS Gettysburg 8, Muhlenberg 1. A win at No. 1 doubles by junior Kerri Waldowski and sophomore Kristen DiLorenzo was all the Mules could manage versus the Bullets. Click here for box score.
MEN’S TENNIS Washington (Md.) 6, Muhlenberg 1. Washington ran its Centennial Conference winning streak to 55 and spoiled the Mules' bid for a share of the CC title. Muhlenberg's lone win came by default. Click here for box score.

Thursday, April 27
SOFTBALL at Washington, postponed to MON, May 1.

Friday, April 28
BASEBALL Muhlenberg 9, Haverford 7. Junior Michael Cirillo's two-out double in the top of the 11th plated the go-ahead run as Muhlenberg rallied for a dramatic win. The Mules trailed, 7-5, with two outs in the ninth, but senior Chris Moraitis rapped a two-run single to tie the score. In the bottom of the ninth, Haverford loaded the bases with one out before winning pitcher Greg Frein induced a 1-2-3 double play. Junior David Wolf continued his torrid hitting, going 4-for-5 with a double and home run. Senior Chuck Draper also homered, and Moraitis, Cirillo and juniors James Barski and Marcus Mattielli all had three hits. Click here for box score.

Saturday, April 29
SOFTBALL Muhlenberg 3, Ursinus 1; Muhlenberg 8, Ursinus 0. Muhlenberg swept 16th-ranked Ursinus to take command of the race for first place in the Centennial Conference. Muhlenberg needs to win at least one game against Washington on Monday to tie Western Maryland for the championship and go to the NCAA regionals. A sweep of Washington would give the Mules sole posession of the conference title, as well as send them to NCAA regionals. In the second game, sophomore Angie Tyson blanked Ursinus on three hits, as well as scoring in the Mules' four-run fourth. Senior Cristina Genna went 3-for-3 and scored two runs, and freshman Kristen Best went 2-for-3, scored one run and had two RBI. In the first game, senior Heather Dreby allowed only one run on five hits to capture the 3-1 win. Sophomore Lori Blanchfield broke open a scoreless game with a two-out, two-run single in the fourth. Click here for box scores.
BASEBALL Muhlenberg 6, Johns Hopkins 1; Johns Hopkins 16, Muhlenberg 7. Sophomore Joshua Carter pitched a one-hitter and junior David Wolf went 5-for-7 as Muhlenberg closed out its Centennial Conference season with a doubleheader split. Carter allowed only a sixth-inning single, which did not figure in the scoring, to a team that came in with a batting average of .356. He struck out five. The Mules took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on an RBI single by junior Marcus Mattielli, then scored four times in the fifth, capped by Wolf's two-run homer. Wolf had three hits, including a triple, in the second game, and is hitting .641 with 11 extra-base hits during his current 10-game streak. Click here for box scores.
LACROSSE Franklin & Marshall 17, Muhlenberg 5. Muhlenberg could not overcome a 10-1 halftime deficit as the Diplomats went on to hand the Mules their fifth straight loss. Junior Miruna Lovin and freshman Lynsey Caldwell each had two goals. Click here for box score.
WOMEN’S TENNIS at Centennial Conference Individual Championships. The doubles team of juniors Kerri Waldowski and Marissa Lutzer advanced to the semifinal round, where they were defeated in three sets by the eventual champions from Western Maryland. Senior Kristin Cahayla made it to the round of 16 in the singles draw. Click here for Muhlenberg results.
MEN’S TENNIS at Centennial Conference Individual Championships. The freshman duo of Cameron Parke and Brad Scheller became Muhlenberg's first ever to reach a CC tennis final. Parke and Scheller were defeated in the championship by a team from Washington. Junior Robby Richman, the second seed, was defeated in the semifinals of the singles tournament. Click here for Muhlenberg results.
TRACK & FIELD competed at TCNJ Lions' Invitational. Junior Katrina Beck qualified provisionally for the NCAA Division III championships at this non-scoring meet. Beck jumped 1.64 meters (5-4½), finishing second in the 19-team meet, but will probably have to make the automatic qualifying height (5-6½) to make it to the nationals. Click here for Muhlenberg highlights.


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Last updated April 29, 2000