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2001 Spring Sports Update

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For the Week of March 26 to April 1
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
Senior Tim Haberbusch of the Muhlenberg baseball team has been named Tim Haberbusch pitcher of the week by the Centennial Conference after his outstanding effort against Wilkes. Haberbusch pitched eight innings of two-hit ball as the Mules blanked the Colonels, 7-0. He struck out four and did not allow a hit until the sixth inning. The shutout was the first for Muhlenberg in a nine-inning game since 1993. Haberbusch’s four strikeouts gave him an even 150 for his career.

Tuesday, March 27
SOFTBALL vs. Messiah, postponed to April 9
BASEBALL vs. Haverford, postponed to March 28
LACROSSE Muhlenberg 15, Haverford 14. Muhlenberg opened up an 11-6 halftime lead, then held on to snap a four-game losing streak. Senior Miruna Lovin scored all 6 of her goals in that first half. Junior Teresa Lunardi and sophomore Lynsey Caldwell scored 3 goals apiece. Caldwell’s final goal, with 9:53 remaining, gave the Mules a 15-11 lead. Haverford got to within one by scoring with under a minute left, but Muhlenberg was able to control the draw and run out the clock. It was the third one-goal game played by the Mules in the last eight days. Click here for box score.
WOMEN’S TENNIS Muhlenberg 5, Haverford 4. Freshman No. 1 Mackenzie Parke survived a marathon tiebreaker to topple the defending Centennial Conference singles champion as the Mules defeated Haverford for the first time since 1992. After winning the first set, Parke lost the second on a 14-12 tiebreaker, but came back to take the third set. Freshman Megan Schreiber also won in the third set after losing a second-set tiebreaker at No. 6. Senior Kerri Waldowski and junior Jennifer Chung rounded out Muhlenberg’s singles winners. Click here for box score.
MEN’S TENNIS Haverford 6½, Muhlenberg ½. Senior Robby Richman won at first doubles and tied at first singles, but Muhlenberg had nothing else in its favor and dropped its second straight Centennial Conference match. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, March 28
BASEBALL Muhlenberg 9, Haverford 3. Junior Joshua Carter belted an inside-the-park grand slam and pitched eight strong innings to lead Muhlenberg past Haverford in its Centennial Conference opener. Carter’s grand slam – his second home run in as many games and one of three hits he had in the game – came in the bottom of the second and turned a 2-1 Mule deficit into a 5-2 lead. He allowed only three hits and struck out a career-high eight to earn his third win of the season. Senior Marcus Mattielli helped out by making a diving catch in right field with the bases loaded in the fifth and also doubled in Muhlenberg’s final two runs. Click here for line score.
WOMEN’S GOLF at Dickinson Invitational. Both Muhlenberg golfers who competed finished in the upper half of the field of 21 at Mayapple Golf Links. Senior Jessica McCourt placed fourth behind three Division I golfers with a 93, and junior Courtney Sessa fired a 100 to finish eighth.

Thursday, March 29
SOFTBALL William Paterson 8, Muhlenberg 0; William Paterson 1, Muhlenberg 0. Darkness came at an unfortunate time as Muhlenberg dropped a doubleheader at 16-2 William Paterson. The Mules had tied the second game, 1-1, and had the bases loaded in the sixth when the umpires called the game. The score reverted back to the last completed inning, giving the Pioneers a 1-0 win. Freshman Danielle DeLucia pitched five strong innings, striking out five, and freshman Amanda Ibey saved a run with a diving stop at second base. Click here for line scores.
BASEBALL Muhlenberg 10, DeSales 4. The Mules came back from three runs down to defeat their local rivals – who entered the game ranked sixth in the Mid-Atlantic Region – for the first time since 1990. Muhlenberg took the lead on an RBI single by senior Michael Cirillo in a three-run seventh, then added four insurance runs in the eighth, highlighted by a two-run triple off the bat of junior Steve Rohn. Sophomore Sunil Bangali worked two scoreless innings in relief to earn his first career win, and senior Garret Pachtinger and junior Joshua Carter each had three hits. Senior David Wolf doubled in the sixth, tying the school record of 29 two-baggers in a career. Click here for line score.
LACROSSE Ursinus 19, Muhlenberg 8. Senior Miruna Lovin scored 4 goals and junior Teresa Lunardi added 3 in the Mules’ loss to sixth-ranked Ursinus. Click here for box score.
WOMEN’S TENNIS Muhlenberg 7½, Dickinson 1½. Four first-year players – junior Jennifer Chung and freshmen Mackenzie Parke, Sarah Niebler and Megan Schreiber – were double winners as Muhlenberg improved to 3-1 in the Centennial Conference, matching its CC win total from all of last season. Click here for box score.
MEN’S TENNIS Muhlenberg 4, Lebanon Valley 3. Freshman Brian Barkauskas, playing singles for the first time in three weeks, came up with a big win at No. 6 to enable Muhlenberg to come back after losing the doubles point. Senior Robby Richman and sophomore Brad Scheller remained undefeated at No. 1 doubles, and Richman added a singles win for his 70th career victory. Click here for box score.

Friday, March 30
BASEBALL at Haverford, rained out

Saturday, March 31
SOFTBALL Gettysburg 4, Muhlenberg 1; Muhlenberg 4, Gettysburg 0. Junior Angie Tyson pitched a six-hitter in Game 2 for her second shutout of the season as Muhlenberg opened defense of its 2000 Centennial Conference championship by splitting with Gettysburg. Tyson struck out three and did not allow a runner past second base after working out of a bases-loaded jam in the first. A two-run triple by freshman Becki Toth in the bottom of the first gave the Mules all the runs they would need. Sophomore Missy Arnott singled in a run in the third. Toth had an RBI single in the first game, but the Bullets took advantage of three Muhlenberg errors to break a 1-1 tie with three runs in the sixth. Freshman Danielle DeLucia struck out seven and did not allow an earned run. Click here for line score.
BASEBALL Western Maryland 5, Muhlenberg 2; Western Maryland 8, Muhlenberg 5. Two late rallies fell short as Muhlenberg got swept in a Centennial Conference doubleheader. Shut out for six innings in the first game, the Mules scored twice in the seventh on RBI singles by sophomore Ben Carr and senior Garret Pachtinger and had the tying runs on base when the game ended. In the second game, Muhlenberg rallied from an 8-1 deficit to send the tying run to the plate in the sixth following Pachtinger’s two-run single. Click here for line scores.
LACROSSE at Cabrini, postponed to May 2
WOMEN’S TENNIS Muhlenberg 8, Kutztown 1; Muhlenberg 9, East Stroudsburg 0. The Mules won all but one match in sweeping their nearby Division II rivals to exceed their total of four wins from all of last spring. Senior Kerri Waldowski and freshman Megan Schreiber each lost only one game in four singles sets on the day, while senior Marissa Lutzer came back after dropping the first set to win in three against Kutztown. Junior Jennifer Chung improved her team-best singles mark to 6-1 with a pair of straight-set wins. Muhlenberg dominated singles play in the East Stroudsburg match, losing only five games. Click here for box scores.
MEN’S TENNIS Muhlenberg 5, Franklin & Marshall 2. Sophomores Brad Scheller and Matt Fleissig and freshman Brian Barkauskas were all double winners to lead Muhlenberg to its first Centennial Conference win of the season. Scheller prevailed in three sets at No. 2 singles and Fleissig won a pair of 7-6 sets at No. 4. Sophomore Cameron Parke also won a close match, 7-5, 6-4, giving the Mules the four team points they needed. Scheller and senior doubles partner Robby Richman remained undefeated for the spring (6-0). Click here for box score.
TRACK AND FIELD at Susquehanna Invitational. Two Muhlenberg athletes won their events at a large meet featuring nearly 900 athletes from 22 Division I, II and III schools. Senior Katrina Beck took the women’s high jump at 5 feet, 4½ inches to qualify provisionally for the NCAA Division III Championships. Junior Will Elson won the men’s 1500 meters with a time of 1:55.05, more than two full seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, a Division I runner from Bucknell. Other highlights for the men included sophomore Brendan Gallagher knocking nearly a minute off his previous school-record time in the 10,000 meters and the 4x400-meter relay team setting a school record. Junior Nancy Kegelman missed the school record in the javelin by fewer than 2 inches, and freshman Stephanie Melka made history when she became the first Mule female to compete in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Click here for Muhlenberg highlights.

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Last updated March 31, 2001