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Tuesday, April 12, 2005
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Women’s Tennis Rolls; Women’s Golf Improves
Muhlenberg breezed to its fifth straight win, blanking Haverford, 9-0, for its first shutout of the season.

Junior Amy Schmidt remained undefeated both in singles play and paired with freshman Ashley Reed for doubles. Schmidt extended her school-record dual-match singles winning streak to 21 with a 6-0, 6-1 victory. She has lost only 13 games in her 11 wins. Schmidt and Reed improved to 9-0 by defeating the 20th-ranked doubles team in the region, 8-2. Five of their nine wins together are against regionally ranked duos.

Senior Emily Oster won at both doubles and singles to pass the 80-victory mark for her career.

The Mules (8-3, 5-1) have won 30 in a row on their home courts.

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Playing for the second straight day, Muhlenberg finished second at the Ursinus Invitational. The Mules were 13 strokes behind first-place Gettysburg, one day after finishing 61 strokes in back of the Bullets.

Senior Kristen Bruschi shot a career-best 87 at the Rivercrest Golf Course, finishing one stroke off the lead. Junior Keiko Yoshida (100) and sophomore Lindsay Scott (102) also carded career bests.

Freshman Dana Bielecki, in her first collegiate competition, shot a 97 and caused a bit of stir when she drove the green on her final hole (a 280-yard par-4) and made the putt for eagle.

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This is not a recording: The Muhlenberg softball team won the first game of a Centennial Conference doubleheader, 7-0, behind the shutout pitching of sophomore Nicole Washburn, but struggled offensively in losing the second game.

In a storyline similar to Saturday’s twinbill at Franklin & Marshall, the Mules (9-12, 3-3) split with Swarthmore – their third straight CC split.

Senior Becki Toth singled in the first game to tie Muhlenberg’s career record of 172 hits.

Washburn was brilliant in hurling her second straight shutout in the opener, allowing only a leadoff infield single in the second. She struck out five and retired the final 12 batters after issuing her lone walk.

Muhlenberg jumped on top with three runs in the top of the first. Walks to sophomore Katie Olson and junior Missy DeFrain, sandwiched around an infield error, loaded the bases with one out. Junior Tara DeMarzo singled in the first run, junior Lindsay Ruhling was hit by pitch to bring in the second, and Washburn grounded out to score the third.

Toth’s milestone hit helped set up the four-run fifth, which was capped by a two-run single off the bat of Ruhling.

In the second game, the Mules spoiled a fine pitching performance by senior Ally Ogden, who allowed only five hits in a route-going effort. One of the hits was a leadoff double in the third, however, and that led to the lone run of the game.

Muhlenberg had two on with two out in the second but did not get a hit the rest of the game.

In all three of its CC doubleheaders, the Mules have won the first game but dropped the second. They are averaging 6.7 runs and 11.7 hits in the openers but have only two runs and 17 hits total in the nightcaps.

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Last updated April 12, 2005