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WOMEN’S TENNIS WINS CO-CHAMPIONSHIP
BASEBALL WINS 20TH, LACROSSE CAPTURES FINALE IN OT

• Baseball: Muhlenberg 6, Lebanon Valley 4. Freshman Gregg Burkhart and junior Kevin Komeshok combined on a five-hitter as the Muhlenberg baseball team reached the 20-win mark for the first time ever.

The Dutchmen (22-13) are in first place in the Commonwealth Conference and came in with a .324 team batting average. Burkhart allowed only three hits and fanned six in six innings. Komeshok, who tied a school record with his 19th appearance of the season, worked the final three innings to get the win.

The Mules (20-14) broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the seventh when junior Ben Carr drew a leadoff walk and raced to third when a sacrifice bunt by senior Mike Morris was thrown away. Carr, who was 3-for-4, scored on an infield grounder by sophomore Joel Rush and singled in an insurance run in the eighth.

Junior Justin Graf homered for the second straight game, driving the third pitch of the game over the left-field fence for his fourth round-tripper of the season. He also used his speed to drive in a run in the sixth, beating out a routine grounder to shortstop with a runner on third.

Freshman Aaron Regensburg, making his first career start at a position other than pitcher, drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, stole a base and made two nice picks at first.

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• Lacrosse: Muhlenberg 17, Dickinson 16. Junior Lynsey Caldwell scored her third goal of the game with 1:06 left in overtime for the game-winner as the Muhlenberg lacrosse team closed out its season on a positive note.

The Mules (4-11, 2-7), who lost three games by one goal, trailed 15-13 with 8:07 to play in regulation, but back-to-back goals by freshmen Allison Marman and Christa Carlstrand, the latter with 1:48 left, tied the score.

Muhlenberg took a 16-15 lead on senior Teresa Lunardi’s fifth goal of the game, with 56 seconds left in the first overtime period. Dickinson (1-13, 1-7) tied the game 1:01 into the second overtime period.

Playing in the final game of her career, Lunardi finished with seven points, one off her career high. She wound up sixth on the Mules’ all-time scoring list with 110 points.

Junior Sarah Bowman scored four goals and Carlstrand added three, giving Muhlenberg four hat tricks for the second time this season.

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• Men’s Tennis: Johns Hopkins 6, Muhlenberg 1. Muhlenberg (9-4, 4-3) went to Baltimore with only five players and returned with its second straight loss. Freshman Jeff Kraft scored the Mules’ lone point when he won at No. 3 singles to improve to 13-0 for the season. Juniors Brad Scheller and Cameron Parke teamed up for an 8-5 win at first doubles.

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The Muhlenberg women’s tennis team won a share of its first Centennial Conference championship, blanking Dickinson 9-0 in its final regular-season match.

The Mules (12-1, 9-1), who set a school record with their 12th win of the season, tied
Jennifer Chung
Chung, the lone senior on the Muhlenberg team, celebrated her 22nd birthday with a pair of wins in her final home match.
Washington atop the CC standings. It is the first title for the women’s tennis program since 1993, when Muhlenberg won the MAC Northeast in the last season before the formation of the CC.

Women’s tennis is the 10th sport in which Muhlenberg has won a CC championship, and the third this school year (joining women’s soccer and football).

“I feel like we really deserve [the championship] because we worked so hard,” said No. 1 singles player Gena Ross. “I can’t imagine that any team worked harder than us in the preseason.”

The win extended the Mules’ homecourt winning streak to 14 matches and gave them an undefeated home season (7-0) for the first time since 1987 and only the second time since 1972.

Muhlenberg, ranked ninth in the South Atlantic Region, swept the doubles against Dickinson (5-10, 4-6), dropping only six games in the three matches. The No. 2 team of sophomore Gena Ross and freshman Emily Oster won 8-3 to finish the dual-meet season with a perfect 13-0 record.

“Emily and I pulled each other through the season. When we get on the court, we just try to have fun,” noted Ross. The duo will put its undefeated record on the line this weekend at the CC Individual Championships. “We’re really confident, but not overly so.”

Ross went on to come back from a first-set loss to win at No. 1 singles, setting a school record with 24 combined wins for the season. Oster, with 23 wins, also topped the previous mark of 22, and sophomore Sarah Niebler tied it.

The No. 1 doubles team of sophomore Mackenzie Parke and senior Jennifer Chung recorded its 16th win together to finish second on the Mules’ all-time list. Parke, Chung and sophomore Megan Schreiber all recorded their 40th career wins.

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Last updated April 24, 2002