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Men’s Golf Finishes Seventh

Although it finished in seventh place for the tournament, the Muhlenberg men’s golf team saved its best for last on the final day of the Centennial Conference Championships, held at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, Pa.

The Mules shot a 317, the third-best team score of the final 18 holes, but could not pick up any ground on the teams ahead of them.

Junior Chris Walach and sophomore Patrick Moyle both shot 77s in the final round after no Muhlenberg golfer had carded a score under 80 in the first two days. Walach and Moyle finished with three-round scores of 243, and junior Brian Farrelly was one stroke back with a 244 after shooting an 81.

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Senior Matthew Long homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Muhlenberg baseball team to an 8-7 win in the first game of a doubleheader at No. 21 Johns Hopkins. The teams played another one-run game in the nightcap, with the hosts hanging on for a 6-5 victory.

With the split, the Mules (17-14, 8-10) clinched a winning record. They also set school records for runs scored (272) and extra-base hits (97) in a season.

Long, playing on the next-to-last day of his career, became the first Mule since 2000 to belt two round-trippers in a game. Of his six career four-baggers, three have come at Hopkins.

Long gave Muhlenberg a 2-0 lead with his first homer, in the top of the first. The Blue Jays (28-7, 13-5) hit a two-run homer of their own in the bottom of the inning and took a 4-3 lead into the sixth.

The Mules loaded the bases with one out in the sixth and tied the score on an infield single by senior C.J. Kessler. Sophomore A.J. Bettini put Muhlenberg in front with his second sacrifice fly of the game, and Long capped the five-run inning with his second home run.

That was enough for senior Gregg Burkhart, who gave up home runs in each of the last two innings but retired Hopkins’ third and fourth hitters in the bottom of the seventh to win his final career start. Burkhart struck out five to go over the 200-strikeout mark for his career.

In the second game, the Mules trailed 4-0 before making a game of it with three in the sixth, thanks to Long’s hitting and baserunning. A walk to Kessler and a double by Bettini set the stage for Long, who singled in a run. When the next batter grounded to short, Bettini scored and Long tried to go first to third. He was safe and came around to score when the first baseman’s throw got loose.

JHU scored twice in the bottom of the sixth and took a 6-3 lead into the ninth. Sophomore Ryan Sassaman belted his first career home run with two out to cut the gap to one, but the last batter struck out.

Long is hitting .435 in his last 14 games and moved into a tie for sixth place on the Mules’ career list with 42 extra-base hits.

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Last updated May 2, 2005