Friday, April 23, 2004
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BASEBALL STONED IN EIGHTH; TRACK RELAY FIFTH
Baseball: Keystone 10, Muhlenberg 8. The Mules (11-15-1) pounded out 15 hits but stranded 12 runners on base and lost at home to Keystone (24-7), a provisional NCAA Division III member that has won 17 in a row.
After trailing by as many as five runs, Muhlenberg had a chance to tie the game in the eighth. With two out and the bases loaded, freshman Ryan Sassaman lined a single to left to knock in two runs and make the score 9-7. Senior Adam Sadler then rifled a single to right-center. One run scored easily, but Sassaman, trying to score all the way from first, was thrown out at the plate.
The Giants hit a leadoff home run in the ninth for the final margin of victory.
The Mules were able to climb back thanks to the stellar relief work of freshman Tom McDonald, who pitched the final five innings and allowed only three hits and one earned run.
Sassaman and Sadler each had three hits, with Sassaman driving in three runs.
Track and Field: The Muhlenberg men finished fifth out of 15 teams in the Pop Haddleton 4x400-meter relay at the Penn Relays. Three Centennial Conference and one MAC school ran better than the Mules time of 3:26.83.
Schmidt in Quarters; Mens Golf Third After First
Tennis: Sophomore Amy Schmidt advanced to the quarterfinals, while senior Gena Ross was upset in the second round at the Centennial Conference Individual Championships.
Schmidt, seeded eighth, won in straight sets against players from Swarthmore and Gettysburg in her first two matches, scoring the most one-sided victory in the Round of 16 (6-0, 6-1). Her next match is against Haverfords No. 1 player, the third seed.
Ross, the defending champion, took her first match easily and won the first set of her second-round match, 6-1. But Priya Puri of Johns Hopkins won the second set in a tiebreaker, then won a supertiebreaker to claim the match.
Ross will get another shot Saturday when she teams with Schmidt in the doubles draw. The duo is seeded second. The Mules also have their No. 2 team of senior Mackenzie Parke (who dropped her first-round singles match to the fourth seed) and freshman Pam Kimmelman.
In the mens tournament, junior Jeff Kraft is the top seed and got a first-round bye. His first match is scheduled for Saturday against Ben Isser of Ursinus. Sophomore Brad Gutwillig won his first-round match and is scheduled to play the third seed in the second round.
Both of Muhlenbergs doubles teams were defeated in their first matches.
Mens Golf: Muhlenberg is in third place, four strokes off the lead, after the first round of the Centennial Conference Championships.
Junior Matthew Schoenfeld tied for the second-best score of the day with a 74. He sits one stroke back of the individual leader from Swarthmore. Senior Matt Katz is two strokes off the lead after firing a 75, and sophomore Brian Farrelly shot a 77 to tie for seventh.
Defending champion Franklin & Marshall had the days best team score of 306. Swarthmore is in second, two strokes behind the Diplomats.
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Last updated April 23, 2004