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Tuesday, April 20, 2004
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• Softball: Ursinus 4, Muhlenberg 0; Ursinus 6, Muhlenberg 5. Ursinus strengthened its hold on first place in the Centennial Conference with a sweep of the Mules, who had their six-game winning streak snapped.

The opener was a scoreless pitchers’ duel before the Bears (24-6-1, 11-1) erupted for four runs in the fifth. Muhlenberg (15-9, 8-6) did not have a baserunner until sophomore Lindsay Ruhling singled with two out in the sixth.

The Mules managed much more offense in the second game, with 12 hits, but allowed five unearned runs. Muhlenberg took a 5-3 lead with four runs in the top of the sixth on a bases-loaded walk to Ruhling and RBI singles by Nicole Sarno, pinch-hitter Kristina Cartolano and Missy DeFrain. Ursinus came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning, and the Mules were retired in the seventh.

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• Baseball: Wilkes 13, Muhlenberg 1. Wilkes unleashed an 18-hit attack to give the Mules (10-14-1) the loss in their first non-conference game since returning from Florida in mid-March. Freshman Pete Oris hit his first career home run in the sixth for Muhlenberg’s only run.

Junior Gregg Burkhart fanned eight in seven innings of work to become the sixth player in team history with 150 career strikeouts. He has 151.

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• Men’s Golf: In one of the closest Lehigh Valley Tournaments in years, Lafayette, Lehigh, Moravian and Muhlenberg were separated by only 10 strokes, but it was the Mules who took the most shots.

Senior Matt Katz carded an 80 at the Weyhill Course of the Saucon Valley Country Club, which allowed only four scores in the 70s.

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• Women’s Golf: Freshman Kristen Amore shot a 94, four strokes off the school record, to finish fifth out of 15 golfers at the Franklin & Marshall Invitational. The Mules sent only two competitors to the match.

• Track and Field: The official results for Saturday’s Lafayette Invitational have been released, and they show that both Muhlenberg 4x400 relay teams posted the best time in the Centennial Conference so far this season. The men’s time of 3:23.20 was just three seconds off the school record and was bettered at the meet only by Cornell, Kutztown and Lafayette. The women clocked in at 4:11.10.

Javelin throwers Sarah Mitchell and Randy Holak both had ECAC-qualifying marks.

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The Muhlenberg women’s tennis team had reason to celebrate before and after its final home match of the season.

Prior to the match, the Mules honored their five seniors, all of whom played a role in a 9-0 shutout of Ursinus that clinched a share of the team’s second Centennial Conference championship in three years.

Muhlenberg (11-3, 9-0) needs a win in its season finale at Johns Hopkins on Thursday to claim the title outright. When the Mules shared the title
Pam Kimmelman
Kimmelman (above) and Parke are 9-0 in the CC as a doubles team this spring.
in 2002, their only conference loss was at Hopkins.

In extending the school record for shutouts in a season to seven, Muhlenberg did not drop a set and was only seriously challenged in one match. The Mules have now won 25 straight home matches and 17 consecutive CC matches.

The five seniors – Jessica Freund, Sarah Niebler, Mackenzie Parke, Gena Ross and Megan Schreiber – improved their combined career record to 327-156. The team record during the last four years is 44-11, including a 33-6 mark in the CC.

Parke notched her second 6-0, 6-0 singles victory of the season and also teamed up with freshman Pam Kimmelman to tie the school record for doubles wins in a season (13). The duo played at No. 1 for the first time and took an 8-2 decision.

Niebler and Schreiber won by an 8-1 score at No. 2 doubles for their 18th career victory together. Freund, playing her first match of the season, paired with junior Emily Oster for an 8-2 win at third doubles.

At No. 2 singles, sophomore Amy Schmidt won her ninth consecutive match, tying the school record for singles wins in a season (13).

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Last updated April 20, 2004