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Tuesday, March 9, 2004
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Baseball Splits with Monmouth
Long Hits Home Run

Junior Aaron Regensburg tossed a six-hitter in his first start of the season to lead the Muhlenberg baseball team past Monmouth (Ill.), 6-2, in the first game of a doubleheader at the University of Tampa.

Monmouth came back to win the nightcap, 13-2, in a game that included an unusual feat by the Mule pitching staff.

Regensburg struck out four and walked two in Muhlenberg’s first complete game of the season. His offense provided plenty of early support, scoring two runs on three hits in each of the first two innings. Junior Matthew Long figured prominently in both rallies, doubling in a run in the first and singling in two in the second.

Freshman Pete Oris had RBI singles in the first and sixth innings, and junior C.J. Kessler scored three runs.

The Scots settled the score early in the second game, plating nine runs on nine hits in the first two innings. When they weren’t hitting line drives, they weren’t hitting anything: Mule pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts in seven innings. Sophomore Chad Hegstrom led the way, fanning nine of the first 13 batters he faced in long relief.

Muhlenberg (3-3) was hitless until the fourth inning, when Long belted a long drive off the fence in left-center field. When the ball caromed away from the fielders, Long circled the bases for an inside-the-park home run, the Mules’ first round-tripper of the season.

Long was 4-for-6 in the two games, raising his team-leading batting average to .550.

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Senior Nicole Sarno joined the 100-hit club as the Muhlenberg softball team notched its second straight sweep at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., downing Mt. Union, 7-4, and Hiram, 6-3.

The Mules finished 4-0 in Florida and will spend the rest of their spring trip at the prestigious Leadoff Classic in LaGrange, Ga.

Sarno’s milestone single came in the third inning of the Mt. Union game, and she wound up scoring Muhlenberg’s second run. The Mules took a 4-1 lead into the top of the sixth, but the Purple Raiders scored three times to tie the game.

Daring baserunning by freshman Hilary Marinchak led to the winning run in the bottom of the sixth. Freshman Tina Roth led off the frame by drawing a pinch-hit walk. Marinchak ran for her and scooted to third on a pair of wild pitches, neither of which got very far from the catcher.

Marinchak scored the go-ahead run when sophomore Lindsay Ruhling lined a single off the shortstop’s glove, but suffered a serious injury while sliding across the plate. Muhlenberg added a pair of insurance runs on errors, and sophomore Kristina Cartolano worked a 1-2-3 seventh for her first career save.

Junior Ally Ogden struck out a career-high seven Hiram batters in her first start of the season to win the nightcap. She took a two-hit shutout into the seventh before allowing three unearned runs.

Sarno went 3-for-4, stole two bases and scored runs in the first and seventh innings. Senior Becki Toth laced a two-run triple in the seventh.

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Last updated March 9, 2004