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Baseball Returns Home with Winning Record

The Muhlenberg baseball team finished its first-ever trip to Arizona with a winning record by splitting its final two games.

In their first one-sided game of the week, the Mules (4-3) rolled past Lake Erie, 18-1, on Thursday night, behind the spectacular pitching of sophomore Jason Bonder. The team had to come back early the next morning and fell to 27th-ranked Arcadia, 17-6.

Bonder, making just his second career start, struck out 14 batters and allowed only three hits in seven innings against Lake Erie. He struck out
Matt Tobia
Tobia had five doubles in six games in Arizona and has already matched his RBI total (nine) from all of last year.
the side in the second, fifth and seventh innings and took a no-hitter into the sixth before allowing a leadoff double.

The 14 strikeouts were the most by a Muhlenberg pitcher since Mike DelGrande whiffed 16 against Swarthmore in 1987. Bonder is just the sixth pitcher in team history to fan 14 or more in a game.

Bonder got plenty of offensive support from his mates, who rapped out at least 20 hits for the second game in a row. The Mules led only 6-1 after six innings, but scored six runs in both the seventh and eighth.

Junior Matt Tobia, who led the Mules with a .462 batting average in Arizona, went 3-for-6 with two doubles and four RBI. Seniors C.J. Kessler and Matthew Long and sophomore Ryan Sassaman also registered three-hit games. Freshman Joe Carlo drove in three runs.

Long’s final hit, an eighth-inning single, was the 100th of his career. He became the 27th Muhlenberg player to reach the century mark, one day after Kessler joined the club.

In his first at-bat of the Arcadia game, Long clubbed a two-run homer for his fourth career round-tripper. That brought the Mules to within 3-2, but Arcadia scored seven times in the top of the fourth to open up a big lead.

Trailing 12-2, Muhlenberg scored four times in the bottom of the fifth, with Tobia delivering a two-run single. The Knight bullpen then did what no other pitching staff could do in Arizona – shut down the Mule offense.

Muhlenberg batted .365 as a team in seven games in the desert and averaged more than 11 runs per game, scoring in double figures in four straight games for the first time since 1994. In addition to Tobia, Carlo (.433) and Kessler (.417) also returned home with .400 batting averages.

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