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Men’s Lax Comes Up Short

The Muhlenberg men’s lacrosse team turned up the defense in the second half against Ursinus, but could not find the offense to make a comeback and lost, 8-5.

The Mules (5-8, 0-7) outshot the Bears, 21-9, and gave up just two goals to the Bears (6-7, 2-5) after the break, but could not overcome a 6-2 halftime deficit. ’Berg sophomore Galen Marsh scored three goals, the last of which cut the Ursinus lead to 7-4 with 12:48 left. Muhlenberg did not score again until the final minute.

Junior Bradley Lutzer and sophomore Jay Hoffman led the Mule defensive effort. Lutzer grabbed a team-high eight ground balls, most of them after knocking the ball away from a Bear attackman. Hoffman stopped eight shots and allowed three goals.

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Junior Gregg Burkhart scattered eight hits in his first nine-inning complete game of the year and was backed up by a 16-hit attack as the Muhlenberg baseball team won its next-to-last game of the year, 9-2 at King’s.

After allowing two runs on three hits in the first inning, Burkhart gave up just five hits the rest of the way. He struck out seven to finish the season with 61 whiffs, tying for the fifth-highest total in team history.

The Mules (12-17-1) climbed out of the early 2-0 hole with back-to-back four-run innings in the second and third, both started by senior Joel Rush.

Singles by Rush and freshman Ryan Sassaman, along with an infield error, loaded the bases with nobody out in the second. Muhlenberg tied the score on a line-drive single to right by junior Aaron Regensburg and an infield hit by freshman Chad Hegstrom. After a double play, freshman Mike Hart drove home the go-ahead runs with a triple to center.

Hart is the first Mule to hit six triples in a season since 1987.

Rush doubled to right-center with one out in the third. Sassaman then singled and stole second, and senior Adam Sadler brought in both runners with a single down the left-field line. Sadler scored on an infield error, and Hegstrom, who reached base on the second of his three singles, came in when the catcher’s throw to pick him off third went down the left-field line.

Muhlenberg had 10 hits in the first three innings, with eight of them coming from the bottom five spots in the lineup.

The game remained 8-2 until the top of the ninth, when freshman Pete Oris led off with his second home run of the season – his second in the city of Wilkes-Barre. Oris also started a game-ending double play in the bottom of the inning.

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Last updated April 28, 2004