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Tuesday, April 15, 2003
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THERE IS TYING IN BASEBALL
WOMEN’S TENNIS SWEEPS SINGLES; WOMEN’S GOLF FIFTH IN OPENER Women’s Lax, Men’s Tennis Streaks Snapped

• Women’s Tennis: Muhlenberg 7, Haverford 2. The Mules (9-3, 8-2) came from behind in their final Centennial Conference match of the season to extend their winning streak to nine.

Haverford won two of the three doubles matches, but Muhlenberg swept the six singles contests, all in straight sets. At No. 5, junior Sarah Niebler won her 10th straight match, tying the school record for singles wins in a career (31). Juniors Mackenzie Parke (nine) and Gena Ross (eight) and freshman Amy Schmidt (eight) also kept their personal singles streaks alive.

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• Women’s Golf: After getting rained out twice, Muhlenberg finally opened its season by finishing fifth at the Gettysburg Invitational.

The Mules had 514 team points to place third among Centennial Conference teams — behind McDaniel (425) and Gettysburg (456) and ahead of Franklin & Marshall (518). Junior Amber Nelson shot a 115 to place eighth among Division III golfers. Click here for box score.

• Women’s Lacrosse: Haverford 15, Muhlenberg 12. A late comeback fell short as the Mules (6-5, 3-3) had their three-game winning streak snapped. Haverford (7-6, 3-3) held a 15-8 lead with 10 minutes to play before Muhlenberg scored the final four goals to make things interesting in its final home game of the season.

Freshmen Courtney Tapkas (five goals) and Shannon Donohue (three) and senior Lynsey Caldwell (three) all recorded hat tricks for the Mules. Click here for box score.

• Men’s Tennis: Haverford 4, Muhlenberg 3. The Mules had their six-match winning streak ended with a close loss at Haverford. Muhlenberg is 8-2 overall and finishes Centennial Conference play with a 6-2 mark, matching its best CC mark ever. Click here for box score.

It was a taxing day to be a pitcher at Cedarcreek Field, as the baseball teams from Muhlenberg and Ursinus combined for 26 runs and 35 hits. In the end, the only winner was darkness, as the game was called after 10 innings and nearly four hours with the score tied, 13-13.

The game will count as a tie in the Centennial Conference standings and will not be replayed or resumed. The tie is the first for the Mules since 1988.

Muhlenberg (16-8-1, 7-4-1) trailed 3-0 before erupting for 10 runs in the third — its biggest inning since a 10-run frame against Haverford in 1995. The first seven batters in the inning reached safely by hit or walk, and all scored. Freshmen Brian LaRochelle (single) and Ryan Jaxheimer (triple) and senior Ben Carr (double) all delivered two-run hits in the inning. Carr and senior Justin Graf both had two hits in the inning.

The Bears (14-8-1, 5-3-1) chipped away at the lead and eventually went ahead, 11-10, by scoring three runs in the top of the seventh. The Mules scored three runs of their own in their half of the seventh, tying the score on an RBI double by senior Justin Rubenstein and going ahead on Carr’s sacrifice fly. Sophomore Matt Long singled in the third run, making it 13-11.

Ursinus came right back and scored twice in the top of the eighth to retie the score. Muhlenberg got runners to second base in both the eighth and ninth but could not push across another run.

The Mule outfielders combined for 10 hits, as Graf was 4-for-6, Rubenstein was 3-for-6, and sophomore C.J. Kessler went 3-for-5. Graf and Rubenstein scored three runs apiece.

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Last updated April 15, 2003