Sunday, May 5, 2002
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Late-Inning Magic Runs Out for Baseball
Mules Fall in Extra Innings
John Krivonaks bloop single in the top of the 10th drove in the winning run as the eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins baseball team won its second consecutive Centennial Conference title by defeating Muhlenberg, 5-4, to complete a 2-0 sweep of the championship series.
The Blue Jays (34-6) earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while the Mules end their winningest season ever with a record of 23-17.
Muhlenberg, which was designated as the home team for the game, rallied twice in the late innings to tie the score and send the game into extra innings. After Joe Urbans home run leading off the top of the seventh gave Hopkins a 3-0 lead, sophomore Adam Sadler tied the game with his first career home run, a three-run blast to right-center, in the bottom of the inning.
The Blue Jays went ahead again, 4-3, in the top of the eighth on an error, but Sadler dropped in a single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth to knot the score at 4-4.
Johns Hopkins loaded the bases in the the top of the ninth, but the Mules escaped damage when junior Kevin Komeshok retired the side with two pop flies. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, senior Joshua Carter walked, then stole second and third on consecutive pitches, but Muhlenberg could not drive him in with the winning run.
Freshman Aaron Regensburg pitched a brilliant game in his first start in 16 days, allowing only one earned run in 8 1/3 innings. He and fellow freshman Gregg Burkhart combined to give up 11 hits and four earned runs in 16 1/3 innings in the championship series against the Blue Jays, who came in with a team batting average of .357.
Sadler went 3-for-5 with the career-high four RBI. Senior Mike Morris and junior Steve Rohn had a pair of hits apiece, starting both Mule rallies with back-to-back singles.
Hayes Wins Third Straight Gold
Senior javelin throwers Jim Hayes and Nancy Kegelman both recorded NCAA provisional qualifying marks with school-record throws at the Centennial Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which concluded today at Ursinus.
The Muhlenberg men tied for third place with 102 team points, while the women came in seventh with 55.
Hayes became the first Mule male athlete to win the same event at a conference meet three times. His throw of 196 feet, 7 inches easily beat out sophomore Randy Holak, who
Kegelman finished second in the javelin for the third straight year, breaking her own school record of 121-5 with a distance of 127-8. The NCAA standard is 125-9.
Muhlenberg has qualified three athletes (all provisionally) for the NCAA Championships, which are scheduled for May 23-25 at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.: Hayes and Kegelman in the javelin and senior Katie Garrett in the steeplechase.
Hayes joined sophomore Joshua Boyer as the Mules lone gold-medal winners. Boyer, who captured the high jump on Saturday after missing most of the outdoor season with a knee injury, added a second-place finish in the triple jump on Sunday.
Just as Hayes recaptured his school record from Holak in the javelin; junior Brendan Gallagher earned back his school record in the 5,000 meters, which sophomore Rob Uniszkiewicz had broken earlier in the season. Gallagher finished fifth at the CC meet with a time of 15:33.33, one place better than Uniszkiewicz.
The womens team broke two additional records on the second day of the meet. Freshman Ashlie Hankee came in third in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.77, bettering the mark of 16.10 she had set in the trials. The 4x400-meter relay team also broke its own school record with a time of 4:12.34.
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