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CHAMPIONSHIP TO ITSELF
Softball Sweeps; Womens 4x400 Runs Well
Roth Homers to Win Game 1
Freshman Tina Roth crushed a three-run home run in the ninth inning to give the Muhlenberg softball team a 5-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader at Messiah. Two pitchers combined to three-hit the Falcons in a 2-1 Mule win in Game 2.
The opener was tied, 2-2, entering the ninth. After the Mules (17-9) drew two walks, one by sophomore Missy DeFrain to lead off the inning and one by Sarah Shipman with two outs and a 3-2 count, Roth belted a 2-0 pitch over the leftfield fence to put the Mules ahead.
Senior Jackie Maser hit a two-run double to put the Mules up in the top of the first. It was the 28th two-bagger of Masers career, giving her sole possession of second on the Berg all-time list.
Muhlenberg came up with only one more hit until the eighth inning, but senior Danielle DeLucia and freshman Nicole Washburn held the lead until the seventh.
The Mule defense came through to halt the Messiah comeback. With Muhlenberg clinging to a 2-1 lead, the Falcons (16-15-1) had runners on second and third with two outs. The Messiah batter hit a single to center that scored the tying run, but senior Nicole Sarno threw out the would-be winning run at the plate to send the game to extra innings.
In the second game, junior Ally Ogden held Messiah to three hits and one run in four innings before sophomore Kristina Cartolano came on to pitch hitless relief for her second save.
The Mules surrendered a run in the third inning, but scored two in the fifth. Freshman Katie Olson started off the frame with a walk. Senior Becki Toth attempted to bunt her to second, but the Messiah catcher threw the ball into centerfield in an attempt get Olson, who motored all the way home from first.
Maser doubled home Toth for the second run; she leads the team with 10 doubles and 17 RBI. DeFrain went 2-for-4.
Ogden improved to 3-0. Washburn, who won Game 1, has a Mule-best six wins.
Women Run Best 4x400 Time of Season
Four members of the Muhlenberg womens track and field team ran in the 4x400 meters at the Penn Relays and came away with the Mules best time of the year.
Katie Macomber, Danielle Seiler, Diana Garretto and Samantha Sachleben teamed up to run an ECAC-qualifying time of 4:09.50. They finished sixth among 14 teams in the Centennial/MAC division.
The Muhlenberg womens tennis team wrapped its first-ever outright
Centennial Conference championship with a 7-2 win at Johns Hopkins. It is
the second title in three years for
The win also ties the Mules (12-3, 10-0) for the school record for wins in a season, set in 2002. They finished one game ahead of Swarthmore in the final CC standings (left).
Johns Hopkins (7-3, 7-3) took control early, winning two of the three doubles matches, but Muhlenberg lost just one set on the way to a sweep of singles.
Senior Mackenzie Parke, sophomore Amy Schmidt and freshman Pam Kimmelman each tied the school record for combined singles and doubles wins in a spring dual meet season with 24.
Schmidt and her No. 1 doubles partner, senior Gena Ross, got the only Berg doubles win, 8-6, then each cruised in her singles match.
Kimmelman moved to 8-0 at CC singles with her win and is 11-2 overall. Parke improved to 11-5, 9-1 in the CC at singles. The pair suffered its first CC loss at second doubles, wrapping up at 9-1 in conference and 13-2 overall.
Senior Megan Schreiber won her sixth straight match at No. 6 singles. She finished 7-0 in league play and has not lost a match in March or April.
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Last updated April 22, 2004