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2001 Spring Sports Update

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For the Week of March 19 to March 25
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DeLUCIA NAMED PITCHER OF WEEK
Danielle DeLucia Freshman Danielle DeLucia of the Muhlenberg softball team has been named pitcher of the week by the Centennial Conference. DeLucia got her collegiate career off to a fabulous start, going 3-0 with a save in her first four appearances. She pitched a four-hitter with six strikeouts against Mt. Union in her first start, recorded wins against Loras and Welsey, and tossed the final three innings to preserve a 6-3 defeat of King’s. For the young season, DeLucia is third in the CC with a 1.50 ERA.


LESKO NAMED TO ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Mark Lesko Junior Mark Lesko of the Muhlenberg men’s basketball team has been named to the d3hoops.com All-America fourth team. The only Centennial Conference player to make the All-America list, Lesko was the first Mule in 30 years to average 20 points per game for a season. In addition to his 20.2 scoring average, Lesko led the team in rebounds (9.2 per game), blocked shots (40) and field-goal percentage (.588). He scored in double figures in all 23 games he started and had 12 double-doubles.


MUHLENBERG ALUM FEATURED ON LIONS WEB SITE
Muhlenberg alumnus Don Clemons ’77 is Detroit Lions featured as the Top Story on the official Web site of the Detroit Lions. Clemons, currently the defensive assistant coach for the Lions, has been in the Motor City 17 years, defying the odds by serving through five different coaching regimes. The article includes quotes from his coach at Muhlenberg, Frank Marino. Click here for the full story.


Monday, March 19
BASEBALL Muhlenberg 6, Moravian 1. Junior Joshua Carter allowed four hits and one unearned run over eight innings to pitch Muhlenberg out of its three-game losing skid. Carter also had two of the Mules’ school-record 7 doubles and drove in a run. Senior Garret Pachtinger also had a pair of two-baggers and threw out two runners attempting to steal, and senior David Wolf went 3-for-4 with a double. Sophomore Justin Rubenstein stroked RBI singles in the third and fourth. Click here for line score.
MEN’S GOLF at York Invitational, postponed to April 23

Tuesday, March 20
SOFTBALL Moravian 3, Muhlenberg 1; Moravian 3, Muhlenberg 1. The Mules came close in both games but dropped a pair to their local rivals. In the opener, Moravian scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to break open a 1-1 tie. In the second game, Muhlenberg scored once in the seventh and had the tying runs on base when the game ended. Sophomore Missy Arnott went 3-for-4 in Game 1 and freshman Amanda Ibey had two of the Mules’ five hits in the nightcap. Click here for line scores.
BASEBALL Muhlenberg 7, Wilkes 0. Senior Tim Haberbusch pitched eight innings of two-hit ball to earn his first win of the season as Muhlenberg won its home opener. Haberbusch struck out four and did not allow a hit until the sixth inning. Sophomore Kevin Komeshok worked the ninth to complete the team’s first nine-inning shutout since 1993. The Mules broke open a close game with four runs in the sixth, highlighted by a two-out, two-strike, two-run pinch single by junior Mike Morris and a straight steal of home by junior Joshua Carter. Senior Michael Cirillo added a two-run single in the seventh. Sophomore Ben Carr went 3-for-3. Click here for line score.
LACROSSE Widener 9, Muhlenberg 8. Trailing 9-5 with fewer than 7 minutes remaining, the Mules rallied to score three straight goals, but could put home the equalizer. Junior Teresa Lunardi had her second hat trick of the season with 3 goals, while freshman Alexis Yanoff scored her first career goal. Click here for box score.
WOMEN’S TENNIS Franklin & Marshall 5, Muhlenberg 4. Muhlenberg came within an eyelash of ending Franklin & Marshall’s 41-match Centennial Conference winning streak. The Mules led 4-2 when darkness forced the contest indoors, but the Diplomats won the final three matches, including the last one on a third-set tiebreaker. Freshman Mackenzie Parke and junior Jennifer Chung each won at both singles and doubles. Click here for box score.
MEN’S TENNIS Muhlenberg 6½, Elizabethtown ½. The top four players in the singles lineup — senior Robby Richman and sophomores Brad Scheller, Cameron Parke and Matt Fleissig — all were double winners to lead the Mules to a comfortable win. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, March 21
BASEBALL at FDU-Madison, rained out

Thursday, March 22
MEN’S GOLF at Susquehanna Tee-Off Tournament, pushed back one day
LACROSSE Washington (Md.) 10, Muhlenberg 4. Despite getting three goals from junior Teresa Lunardi, the Mules dropped their third in a row. Senior Miruna Lovin had her school-record streak of scoring in 28 straight games snapped. Click here for box score.
WOMEN’S TENNIS at Montclair State, postponed to April 3
MEN’S TENNIS vs. Drew, postponed to April 2

Friday, March 23
SOFTBALL at Montclair State/William Paterson Classic, pushed back a day
MEN’S GOLF finished second at Susquehanna Tee-Off Tournament. Senior Matt Berman shot an even-par 70 in atrocious conditions to win medalist honors by five strokes. Gusty winds made the going difficult in an event that had already been postponed a day due to weather, but Berman shot a 35 on the front nine and duplicated that score on the back nine. The Mules finished seven strokes behind Susquehanna. Click here for box score.

Saturday, March 24
SOFTBALL Muhlenberg 5, Ithaca 3; Montclair State 4, Muhlenberg 0. Junior Angie Tyson ripped a two-out, two-run single in the top of the eighth to drive in the go-ahead runs as Muhlenberg won the first of two games on the first day of the Montclair State/William Paterson Classic. Freshman Nicole Sarno added an insurance run by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the eighth, which was played under international tiebreaker rules. The Mules had tied the game in the sixth on an RBI triple by sophomore Meghan Woods. Tyson also was the winning pitcher, scattering seven hits. In the second game, sophomore Kelly Berg had three of Muhlenberg’s six hits. Click here for line scores.
BASEBALL Scranton 11, Muhlenberg 10. Scranton scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh and held on to win a wild game. Trailing 10-6, the Mules tied the score with four runs in the sixth on a two-run triple by senior David Wolf and a two-run inside-the-park home run by sophomore Justin Graf. Junior Joshua Carter had three extra-base hits, including an inside-the-park homer of his own, but was thrown out on an attempted steal of home to end the game. Carter, Wolf and senior Michael Cirillo all had three hits. Click here for line score.
LACROSSE Dickinson 14, Muhlenberg 13. Junior Teresa Lunardi scored 8 goals, just one off the school record, but the Mules dropped their second one-goal heartbreaker in five days. Dickinson broke a 12-12 tie with two scores in the final six minutes. Muhlenberg got to within one on Lunardi’s final goal, with 51 seconds remaining, but could not put another one home. Click here for box score.
TRACK AND FIELD at DeSales Invitational. Muhlenberg won both 1,500-meter runs in its first meet of the outdoor season. Senior Laura Roth led four Mules in the top five of the women’s race, and junior Will Elson had a 7-second margin of victory in the men’s race. Also winning first place for Muhlenberg were senior David Jones in the shot put, junior Nancy Kegelman in the javelin, senior Katrina Beck in the high jump and the women’s 4x400-meter relay team. Click here for Muhlenberg highlights.

Sunday, March 25
SOFTBALL Cortland State 9, Muhlenberg 3; William Paterson 6, Muhlenberg 3. The Mules dropped two games on the second day of the Montclair State/William Paterson Classic. Freshman Jaclyn Maser had four hits in the doubleheader, including three in the opener, when Muhlenberg let a 3-0 lead slip away. Junior Elizabeth Kostelnick had a double against Paterson and narrowly missed a game-tying home run. Click here for line scores.


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Last updated March 25, 2001