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BASEBALL SPLITS, TENNISES SWEEP
Mules Do Not Lose a Contested Match

The Muhlenberg women’s tennis team tied a team record with its third straight shutout and the men’s team cruised to a 6-1 win, in a pair of matches at McDaniel.

The 9-0 women’s win gave the Mules (6-2, 4-0) their fourth sweep in the last five matches and tied the consecutive shutout mark set in 1986 and first tied in 2001.

Muhlenberg won by an 8-1 score at first and second doubles, and, in her first doubles action of the spring, sophomore Stacy Lipschutz teamed with senior Sarah Niebler to win, 8-0, at No. 3. The Mules have won 10 of their last 12 doubles contests.

Freshman Laura Victor made her Muhlenberg debut at sixth singles and lived up to her name in all 12 games. Amy Schmidt improved to 4-0 when playing at No. 1 singles with a 6-1, 6-1 win. Niebler won her first match at No. 4 this year, as the team took all 12 singles sets.

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The men won all eight of their contested matches, dropping just two sets along the way. It was the first conference win of the season for the Mules (4-2, 1-1).

Junior Jeff Kraft has lost a total of two games in his last two No. 1 matches and three in his last two first doubles contests with Brian Barkauskas. The senior has two consecutive straight-set wins of his own.

Sophomores Brad Gutwillig and Adam Nodiff won their third straight match at No. 2 doubles. Nodiff improved to 5-1 at fifth singles.

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SOFTBALL DROPS CC OPENERS, WOMEN’S LAX OUTSCORED IN HOME OPENER

• Softball: Gettysburg 3, Muhlenberg 1; Gettysburg 3, Muhlenberg 2. The Mules opened their Centennial Conference season with a pair of losses to Gettysburg, the team they defeated to win last year’s CC title.

Gettysburg (9-4, 2-0) scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning of the first game. Mule freshman Nicole Washburn allowed only two hits in more than three innings of scoreless relief, but the Bullets hung on to win, 3-1.

Muhlenberg jumped on top in Game 2, when senior Danielle DeLucia doubled and came around on a single by sophomore Missy DeFrain. The Mules added another run in the second, but the Bullets countered with two in the fourth and one in the bottom of the seventh to complete the sweep with a 3-2 win.

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• Women’s Lacrosse: Washington 24, Muhlenberg 14. The Mules had little trouble scoring, but could not stop the high-powered offense of Washington and lost their home opener.

Sophomore Courtney Tapkas scored five goals and recorded an assist to push her team-leading season totals to 20 goals and 22 points. Six other Mules scored, including sophomore Jessica Geiger, who tallied three goals for her first career hat trick and added an assist.

The Mules (2-4, 0-2) battled back after a hot Washington start and trailed, 13-8, at halftime. The Shorewomen (4-3, 1-1) scored the first six goals of the second half to pull away.

Freshman Katie Reimann led the Mules with four ground balls and four caused turnovers and had an assist.

The game was the third-highest-scoring in Mule history. Muhlenberg combined with Franklin & Marshall for 40 goals in a Diplomat win and defeated Bryn Mawr, 20-19, in double overtime, both in 1998.

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Regensburg’s Pitching Key in Opener

The Muhlenberg baseball team started its week with a tie against Dickinson and ended it with another tie of sorts, splitting a home doubleheader with Franklin & Marshall.

The Mules (6-6-1, 1-2-1) took the first game, 4-3, behind a solid pitching performance by junior Aaron Regensburg, and dropped the nightcap, 13-5.

In the first game – the fifth consecutive between the two teams to be decided by a single run – Regensburg tossed a complete game, striking out five, to earn his second win of the season. He allowed eight hits to a Diplomat team that pounded out 20 hits in Friday’s win against Swarthmore and 21 in the second game of the twinbill.

Muhlenberg jumped on top early in the bottom of the first when freshman Pete Oris hit his third double in four at-bats to drive in two runs. F&M (11-7, 3-1) got one run back in the top of the fourth, but the Mules answered with a two-run single by junior C.J. Kessler in the bottom of the frame to open up a 4-1 lead.

Sophomore Rob Lehmann, starting at second for Regensburg, made big plays in both halves of the fourth. In the top, he cut down the tying run at home plate on an attempted double steal. His sacrifice bunt in the bottom half put runners on second and third for Kessler.

Regensburg faced runners in scoring position in every inning but the first, and a two-run double in the sixth cut the margin to one run. Kessler preserved the lead with a diving catch of a line drive in center to end the inning.

The Diplomats got runners to second and third in the top of the seventh, but two fly balls to Kessler ended the game and gave the Mules their first Centennial Conference win of the year.

Junior Matthew Long went 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored. He added two more hits, including another double, in the second game, raising his CC-leading average to .511. With his two two-baggers, Long became the 20th player in team history to record 20 doubles.

Muhlenberg scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the first of Game 2, but F&M got eight of its 21 hits while scoring six runs in the third to take control of the game. Kessler, Long and freshman Mike Hart each had two hits for the Mules, and Oris dropped in a two-run single in the seventh.

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Last updated March 27, 2004