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Mules Host Nations Best This Weekend
Muhlenberg has a chance to make some noise on the national scene this weekend, when they host some of the top teams in Division III. Four Mule opponents come to town with top-five rankings, two of them sitting at the top of the polls.
The Muhlenberg baseball team will get two chances to hand top-ranked Johns Hopkins its first loss. The teams face off in a doubleheader Saturday at 1:00 at Cedarcreek Field. The Blue Jays enter with a 31-0 overall record and a 15-0 Centennial Conference mark. The games will be a rematch of last years CC championship series, which Hopkins swept, 9-2 and 6-4.
With the Matte Award wrapped up, the Berg softball team will set its sights on ending the No. 1 Moravians long win streak when the teams meet in a 1:00 doubleheader Sunday at Patriots Park.
If the Greyhounds win their four games before then, they will bring a 33-game winning streak and a 33-1 record to the diamond Sunday. Moravian opened the season with a loss to Christopher Newport, but has won 29 straight since then, including six victories on the way to the championship of the prestigious Leadoff Classic tournament.
The mens lacrosse Mules will host second-ranked Washington (Md.) Saturday at 4:00 at Scotty Wood Stadium. The Shoremen are 13-0, 6-0 in the CC.
Before the men take the field, the Muhlenberg womens lacrosse team will also face a challenge. The Mules welcome No. 5 Gettysburg and its 8-0 conference record. The Bullets are 13-2 overall and have already clinched the top seed in the CC playoffs.
For the Muhlenberg golf teams, this weekends Centennial Conference
Championships provides a chance to wrap up the season with a strong team
showing. The Mule tennis players, meanwhile, already have one CC team
title and will go for individual honors in their CC tournaments.
Having won three CC championships and finished second in 2003, the Mule mens golf squad is looking to once again challenge for the league title Friday through Sunday at the Eagles
The Mules have the third-lowest combined average in this years action, about half a shot behind Gettysburg and less than three behind defending CC champion Franklin & Marshall.
Senior Matt Katz has had the Mules low score in five of the teams 11 2003-04 tournaments and has the conferences second-best stroke average (78.55).
Jesse Neider tied with Katz, his classmate and co-captain, for first at Moravians fall tournament scores of 73. Junior Matthew Schoenfeld shared Medalist honors at Lebanon Valley, and sophomore Brian Farrelly shot a 75 for fith at F&M in the fall.
Sophomore Chris Walach tied for sixth at Elizabethtown. He and Katz shot back-to-back rounds in the 70s at the Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational.
Muhlenberg has had mixed results against the top CC teams this season, having beaten and lost to F&M, Gettysburg and McDaniel.
Muhlenberg will field a team in the womens tournament Saturday and Sunday at Eagles Landing. The Mules did not compete as a team in last years tournament, but won the event in 2001. Freshman Kristen Amore had the teams best score of the season when she missed the school record by four strokes with a 94 Tuesday at F&M.
Kraft is Mens Favorite; Ross and Schmidt Seeded
Muhlenbergs mens and womens tennis teams will compete at the conference individual championships at Swarthmore and Haverford Friday through Sunday.
Junior Jeff Kraft is the top seed in the mens tournament. He has a 7-1 Centennial record and has won his last eight matches and hopes to keep rolling in the tournament.
I think I have some momentum because Ive beaten some of the best guys in my last three matches, Kraft said. I have to serve well and just be consistent.
One of those wins came Saturday against the second seed from Gettysburg. The other was Monday against the third-seeded Haverford player who eliminated Kraft last year in the round of 16. He starts off the 2004 tournament with a bye.
Last year I played doubles too and did really well, but I wasnt really focused on singles, said Kraft. This year Im fully concentrating on singles.
The Muhlenberg womens tennis team already claimed the CC team title and has some players capable of bringing individual honors back to Allentown.
Senior Gena Ross is seeded third as she tries to repeat as CC singles champion. Not far behind is sophomore Amy Schmidt, the fifth seed. Schmidt has not faced any of the other seeds this season. Ross is 0-2 against them, but lost a close match to the top seed from Swarthmore.
While they could face each other in singles, Ross and Schmidt will team up in doubles, as they have throughout the season. They are the fifth-ranked doubles team in the Atlantic South region, but four other pairs from the regions top 15 will be in the draw as well. The second Berg doubles team of senior Mackenzie Parke and freshman Pam Kimmelman enters the championships with a 13-2 record and a 9-1 CC mark.
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Last updated April 22, 2004