Saturday, May 3, 2003
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Baseball Moves into Championship Series
Mens Track in First Place
Miracle Mules Strike Again
Senior Ben Carr singled in classmate Justin Graf in the top of the eighth to plate the game-winning run as the Muhlenberg baseball team defeated Ursinus, 6-5, to advance to the championship series of the Centennial Conference playoffs.
The Mules (21-13-1) dropped the first game of the best-of-three series to sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins, 9-2, and need to defeat the Blue Jays (30-5) twice on Sunday to win the title.
In the Ursinus game, for the second straight day, Muhlenberg led early, fell behind on a seventh-inning home run, then came back to win by one run. This time, the Bears (22-12-1) took a 5-3 lead on a grand slam home run in the seventh. But junior Joel Rush drew a walk to lead off the eighth, and junior Adam Sadler followed with his first home run of the season, tying the score.
After one out, Graf singled for his third hit of the game, then went to second on a groundout. He stole third and came in when Carr lined a single just to the right of the second baseman.
Senior Kevin Komeshok relieved in the bottom of the eighth and stranded a runner at third, then worked a scoreless ninth aided by Sadler, who threw out a runner attempting to steal to earn his sixth save of the season. Junior Chris OConnor picked up his seventh win with a solid outing.
Sophomore Matt Long singled leading off the second and fourth and came around to score in both innings, first on Rushs sacrifice fly and then on a single by Sadler.
Graf set a school record with his 12th double of the season, and senior Justin Rubenstein tied the school record for hits in a season (54).
There was no big comeback against Hopkins. The Mules fell behind 2-0 in the first, then tied the score on a two-run double by Rush in the second, but that was all the scoring they could manage. Muhlenberg left 11 runners on base, including seven in scoring position.
BRODOWSKI, APP, DOUGLAS-SNYDER WIN GOLD
Sophomore John Brodowski and senior Jason App won gold medals on the second day of competition as the Muhlenberg mens track and field team took the lead at the Centennial Conference Championships, held at Gettysburg.
The Mule women were in fifth place, thanks in part to sophomore Meghan Douglas-Snyders first-place finish in the pole vault.
The men have 75 points, seven ahead of nine-time defending CC champion Haverford. There are 13 championship events scheduled for Sunday, the final day of the meet.
Brodowski won the high jump, duplicating his gold-medal performance in the CC indoor meet. He also finished second in the long jump and seventh in the pole vault and qualified for the final in the 110 hurdles.
App captured his first CC title in the pole vault after finishing second in 2000, third in 2001 and fourth last year.
Silver medalists for the mens team were junior Alex Johansen (decathlon) and freshman Brian Campfield (discus).
Douglas-Snyder won her third CC gold in the pole vault with a school-record height of 10 feet. She took first indoors each of the last two seasons and was second outdoors last year.
Four other womens school records were broken, two by sophomore Ashlie Hankee while qualifying for the finals in the 100 (13.06) and 100 hurdles (15.41). Freshman Kate Isselee became the first Muhlenberg woman to break a minute in the 400, qualifying in 59.91, and junior Kate Scalzo set a school record of 3,293 points while finishing third in the heptathlon.
Mules Work Overtime Twice
The Muhlenberg softball team won a pair of extra-inning games on the first day of the Centennial Conference playoffs and needs just one more win to capture its third CC title in four years.
The Mules (13-18) defeated host and top seed McDaniel, 2-0 in eight innings, then toppled Gettysburg, 7-3 in nine innings. They will play the winner of tomorrows game between Ursinus and Gettysburg for the championship.
In the first game, junior Danielle DeLucia pitched a six-hitter for her third shutout of the season. She fanned nine against a Green Terror squad that came into the game with a .300 team batting average and scored 29 runs against the Mules in their regular-season doubleheader.
The game was scoreless after seven innings. In the top of the eighth, juniors Becki Toth and Jackie Maser singled, and junior Amanda Ibey followed with a two-run double.
McDaniel (24-8) got a runner to second base in the bottom of the eighth, but DeLucia got a flyout to end the game.
The second game was tied 3-3 until Muhlenberg exploded for four runs in the ninth. Junior Nicole Sarno led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on an error and a walk. Sarno scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch, and Ibeys single brought in a second run. Freshman Kristina Cartolano capped the rally with a two-run single.
The Mules had taken a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth on a two-run home run by senior Meghan Woods, but the Bullets (24-10) tied the score with two in the bottom of the frame.
Cartolano, pitching for the first time since injuring her finger on April 6, allowed only five hits in a complete-game effort.
Toth had a pair of singles in both games, extending her hitting streak to 17 games.
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