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Baseball Comes Back in Florida Finale
Big Seventh Lifts Baseball
A two-run double by sophomore Brian LaRochelle was the big hit in a four-run seventh inning that gave the Muhlenberg baseball team a 7-4 win over Drew in the final game of its trip to Florida.
The Mules went 4-4 in the Sunshine State and are 5-4 overall.
Like the trip, the last game did not start out smoothly. Muhlenberg committed three infield errors, a passed ball and a wild pitch and had a runner picked off first base in the first inning-and-a-half, falling behind 3-0. The Mules began their comeback in the second, when LaRochelle doubled and scored on a single by junior Aaron Regensburg.
Muhlenberg tied the score in the fifth on a two-run single by freshman Mike Hart.
Junior Matthew Cooper settled down after the shaky start to keep the Rangers (6-5) off the scoreboard until the seventh, when two singles and a groundout made it a 4-3 game.
Sophomore Chad Hegstrom led off the bottom of the seventh with his third hit, a bad-hop single to shortstop. Junior C.J. Kessler lined a single to right, and one out later junior Matthew Long singled down the left-field line to plate Hegstrom with the tying run.
After another out, LaRochelle lined a double to right-center to bring home Kessler and Long. Regensburg singled in LaRochelle with an insurance run, then pitched scoreless eight and ninth innings to earn his first save of the season.
Freshman Eric Wolfer picked up his first career win in relief of Cooper.
Long was 3-for-3 and returns home to the 40-degree weather with a batting average of .548.
SOFTBALL LOSES BY ONE TO DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPS
Sophomore Kristina Cartolanos two-hitter was not enough for the Muhlenberg softball team to knock off defending national champion and second-ranked Central, as the Dutch won, 1-0, in the first round of bracket play of the Leadoff Classic.
Muhlenberg will play at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. Sunday, with the outcome of the first game against Maryville (4-8) determining the opponent for the second game.
Central (2-2) led off the bottom of the first with a walk. The runner promptly stole second and third bases and scored on a groundout to third base. Cartolano allowed just three batters to reach base the rest of the game, but the Mules (6-2) could not match Centrals single run.
Muhlenberg got its best chance in the seventh, getting runners on first and second with one out, but a fly to right and a pop to short ended the rally and the game.
Cartolano has allowed just one earned run in 22 innings this season. She has 15 strikeouts.
The Mules suffered their first loss of the season in the morning session, falling to East Texas Baptist, 8-0, in their final game of pool play.
The Lady Tigers (13-0) have outscored their opponents, 91-10, this season. They reached the NCAA Tournament last year and received votes in the national preseason poll.
Mule seniors Nicole Sarno and Becki Toth each had two hits on the day.
Sophomore Justin Hollander scored 58 seconds into overtime to lift
the Muhlenberg mens lacrosse team to a 12-11 victory at Centenary.
Centenary (0-4) won the faceoff to start overtime and called a timeout to set up a play, but the Mules (2-1) made a stop and took a timeout of their own. On the ensuing play, sophomore Dave Armstrong passed to Hollander, streaking down the middle of the defense, for the winning score.
The goal was the culmination of a back-and-forth contest. Muhlenberg trailed with as little as 4:38 remaining in the game. Thats when the fourth of sophomore James Robinsons five goals tied the score at 10.
Robinson added his team-leading 11th goal of the season to give the Mules a lead in the final three minutes, but the Cyclones tied it 17 seconds later. Both teams missed chances to take the lead in the final two minutes.
The Mules dominated the scoresheet, outshooting the Cyclones, 48-26, but had trouble finding the net and getting the ball by Centenary goalkeeper Ryan Seickel, who made 18 saves.
Centenary led by a goal after the first quarter and two, 6-4, at halftime, but Muhlenberg took control in the third, outscoring the Cyclones, 5-1, on two goals each by Robinson and freshman John Kushay and one from Hollander. Centenary battled back in the fourth, outshooting the Mules and scoring four goals to force overtime.
Muhlenbergs Justin Saverine won 18 of the 26 faceoffs and picked up 14 ground balls in the process. Five ground balls each from Armstrong and freshman Sean Toohill helped the Mules to a 44-23 edge in ground balls.
Hollander matched his previous career total with three assists. Armstrong also had three. Kushay scored a hat trick, and Sean Toohill tallied two goals for the second time in three career games.
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