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2001 Spring Sports Update

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For the Week of April 16 to April 22
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
SOFTBALL IN PLAYOFFS
The Muhlenberg softball team has clinched a berth in the first Centennial Conference Tournament, which will be held April 28-29 at Western Maryland. The other two teams in the tournament will be Gettysburg and Ursinus. That should come as no surprise, since those four schools have combined to win every CC championship. The seedings will be determined in the final regular-season doubleheaders on Tuesday, April 24, when the defending champion Mules host Ursinus and Western Maryland travels to Gettysburg. The winner of the CC Tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Standings through games of April 21:
                   CC  overall
Western Md.......14-0   25-3
Gettysburg.......11-3   20-7
Ursinus..........11-3   23-9
MUHLENBERG.......10-3   18-14
F & M.............5-9    9-17
Dickinson.........4-10   8-18
Washington........4-12  11-19
Swarthmore........3-10   3-19
Haverford.........1-13   1-28


Monday, April 16
MEN’S GOLF finished 10th at Cross Creek District II Golf Classic. Muhlenberg had a disappointing 10th-place showing at the annual competition at Hershey Country Club. Freshman Matt Katz led the field with a 75 after the first round, but faltered on the second day and finished eight strokes off the lead. Click here for results.

Tuesday, April 17
BASEBALL Muhlenberg 5, Dickinson 1. Senior Paul Luongo pitched an eight-hitter over nine innings for his first career complete game as Muhlenberg snapped a four-game losing skid. Luongo struck out five and took a four-hit shutout into the eighth inning. Junior Joshua Carter went 3-for-5 and scored a pair of runs, while junior Ben Leisawitz had two RBI groundouts. Click here for line score.
LACROSSE Swarthmore 15, Muhlenberg 10. Three players reached career milestones, but the Mules closed out their Centennial Conference season with a loss. Senior Miruna Lovin had 2 goals and 2 assists to become the program’s all-time scoring leader with 187 career points. She also moved to within one of tying the school record for career goals. Sophomore Lynsey Caldwell and junior Teresa Lunardi became the 13th and 14th players, respectively, in team history to reach the 50-goal mark. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, April 18
MEN’S TENNIS Muhlenberg 7, Ursinus 0. The Mules breezed to their third straight Centennial Conference win, dropping only 13 games in 9 matches. Sophomore No. 2 Brad Scheller extended his personal singles winning streak to 6 matches and teamed up with senior Robby Richman to remain undefeated at No. 1 doubles in CC play. Click here for box score.

Thursday, April 19
SOFTBALL Muhlenberg 5, Washington (Md.) 0; Muhlenberg 2, Washington (Md.) 1. Junior Angie Tyson and freshman Danielle DeLucia combined to hold Washington to five hits and one run as Muhlenberg clinched a Centennial Conference playoff berth and extended its CC winning streak to 10. Tyson pitched a two-hitter in the opener for her third shutout of the season and the ninth of her career. Freshman Amanda Ibey drove in two runs, and junior Lori Blanchfield singled in a run in the sixth with her 100th career hit. In the nightcap, sophomore Missy Arnott laced a two-run single in the sixth for the game-winning hit. Click here for line scores.
LACROSSE Drew 20, Muhlenberg 9. The Mules came back from a 9-1 deficit to close to within 11-7 early in the second half, but 18th-ranked Drew reeled off the next 8 goals to pull away. Senior Miruna Lovin, playing the final home game of her career, scored 4 goals to become Muhlenberg’s all-time leader with 155. The Mules’ other senior, Sarah Weiss, picked up 3 ground balls in her final home game. Click here for box score.
WOMEN’S TENNIS Muhlenberg 8, Ursinus 1. Freshman Mackenzie Parke, senior Kerri Waldowski and junior Jennifer Chung combined to drop only two games at the top three singles spots as Muhlenberg won for the seventh time in its last eight matches. Freshman No. 6 Megan Schreiber extended her personal winning streak to 9 matches and became the first Mule since 1988 to reach double figures in singles wins. Click here for box score.

Friday, April 20
BASEBALL Muhlenberg 8, Dickinson 2. Junior Steve Rohn drove in three runs with a double and a triple to lead Muhlenberg to its second straight win. Rohn tripled in two runs in the bottom of the first to put the Mules up for good and drove an RBI double to the left-field fence in the seventh. Sophomore Sunil Bangali, making his first career start, worked into the seventh inning and did not allow an earned run to pick up the win. Sophomore Kevin Komeshok finished up for his first career save. Rohn’s double and two-baggers by senior Marcus Mattielli and sophomore Ben Carr enabled Muhlenberg to tie the school record of 57 doubles in a season. Click here for line score.
WOMEN’S GOLF at Gettysburg Invitational. Junior Jenn Risley, one of three Muhlenberg golfers to compete, finished third with a 106. Gettysburg won the tournament.

Saturday, April 21
SOFTBALL Western Maryland 3, Muhlenberg 1; Western Maryland 2, Muhlenberg 1. The Mules managed only two runs in the two games as they had their 10-game Centennial Conference winning streak snapped. The sweep clinched the regular-season CC title for Western Maryland. Junior Angie Tyson pitched a three-hitter in the opener but was plagued by poor fielding behind her. In the second game, the Mules jumped on top with a run in the top of the first but missed several opportunities to extend their lead, stranding eight runners in the first three innings. Freshman Becki Toth drove in both Muhlenberg runs. Click here for line scores.
BASEBALL Franklin & Marshall 6, Muhlenberg 3; Muhlenberg 3, Franklin & Marshall 2. Senior Paul Luongo pitched a five-hitter for his second straight complete-game win, lifting Muhlenberg to the split. The Mules scored the winning run in the top of the seventh when junior Mike Morris drew a pinch-hit walk, and sophomore pinch-runner Justin Graf stole second, went to third on a flyout and scored on a wild pitch. F&M put a runner on third with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but Luongo got a groundout and flyout to preserve the win. Senior Garret Pachtinger drove in two runs in the first game and had two hits in the second. Senior Marcus Mattielli became the 22nd member of the 100-hit club when he singled in the sixth inning of Game 2. Click here for line scores.
MEN’S GOLF in third place after first round of Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational. The Mules shot a 319 on the first day of competition, 8 strokes behind first-place Wesley. Senior Matt Berman had the second-lowest score, a 75.
MEN’S TENNIS Muhlenberg 6, Gettysburg 1. After winning three close doubles matches, the Mules won handily at the top three singles positions (senior Robby Richman and sophomores Brad Scheller and Cameron Parke) to win their fourth straight Centennial Conference match. Freshman Brian Barkauskas won a third-set tiebreaker at No. 5 to remain undefeated (4-0) in CC matches. Click here for box score.
TRACK AND FIELD at Lafayette Invitational. Two performances stood out for Muhlenberg in this non-scoring meet that had only three Division III schools among its 12 participants. Sophomore Brendan Gallagher won the 5,000 meters in 15:38.3, breaking his own school record by 11 seconds. Junior Will Elson also broke his own school record in the 800, finishing second by one-tenth of a second to a Lock Haven runner who has qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships. Click here for Muhlenberg highlights.

Sunday, April 22
MEN’S GOLF finished fourth at Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational. Junior Kevin FitzPatrick was one of only five players to shoot in the 70s in both rounds, totalling a 156 over 36 holes to tie for fifth place. However, he was the only Muhlenberg golfer to improve his score from the first round to the second, and the Mules slipped one place in the standings. Click here for complete results.
WOMEN’S TENNIS Muhlenberg 8, Western Maryland 1. The Mules won all but one match to reach double digits in victories for only the third time in school history, and the first since 1987. Freshman No. 6 Megan Schreiber won her 10th match in a row, improving to 11-2 for the spring. Joining her with double digits in singles wins was junior No. 3 Jennifer Chung, who ran her record to 10-3. Click here for box score.
MEN’S TENNIS Muhlenberg 7, Western Maryland 0. Senior Robby Richman, playing the final home match of his outstanding career, reached the 80-win mark with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles as Muhlenberg defeated Western Maryland for the 18th straight year and extended its Centennial Conference winning streak to five. Richman is 80-37-2 for his career. With wins at No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles, sophomore Brad Scheller became the first Mule since 1990 to reach double figures in victories in both in the same spring season. Click here for box score.


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Last updated April 22, 2001