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Baseball Holds Off Drew

Freshman third baseman Brad Auerbach made a game-saving defensive play as the Muhlenberg baseball team edged Drew, 10-9, for its third win in a row.

The Mules (6-7) took a 10-7 lead into the bottom of the eighth, but the Rangers (4-8) scored two runs and loaded the bases with nobody out. After a forceout at the plate for the first out, Auerbach, playing in at the grass, dove to his right to snag a hot shot down the line, stepped on third and threw to first to complete the double play.

The game was called for darkness in the top of the ninth, wiping out four Muhlenberg runs.

The Mules had taken the lead with a six-run second inning that included a two-run homer by junior Pete Oris – his second round-tripper in as many days – and a two-run single by junior Ryan Sassaman.

A two-out single by freshman Edward Risener brought in what proved to be an important insurance run in the top of the eighth.

Freshman Mike Misciagna earned the win with 5 1/3 relief innings.

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Sophomore Taylor Armstrong completed her first hat trick of the season with 8:12 left in the second half, putting the Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team ahead for good in a 14-13 win at Widener.

The win gave the Mules (5-1) a measure of revenge against the Pioneers (1-4), who had beaten them by one goal in each of their three previous meetings.

Muhlenberg dominated the first 10 minutes of the game, scoring six quick goals, only to have Widener come back and score the next six. Neither team
Taylor Armstrong
Armstrong, who entered the game with no goals this season, had one hat trick last year.
led by more than two goals the rest of the way.

“As soon as we got up we got too calm too fast,” said Armstrong. “We stopped pushing and calmed the ball down and then found that it wasn’t working.”

The Pioneers, down 9-8 at the half, took their first lead at the 10:08 mark after the last of their three consecutive goals made the score 12-11.

The Mules tied the score with 9:24 left when freshman Ruth Morrongiello picked up a loose ball to the right of the cage and fired in a shot from a difficult angle.

“It was a relief [to score the tying goal],” remarked Armstrong. “We got back in the middle and it was a 0-0 game again. We knew we had to keep pushing because there wasn’t much time left.”

Muhlenberg won the ensuing draw but turned the ball over, only to get it right back on a stick check by senior Shannon Donohue. Senior Courtney Tapkas took possession and circled the net before passing to a cutting Armstrong for the go-ahead goal.

Junior Katie Reimann put the Mules up by two with an unassisted goal at the 7:01 mark. Widener scored with 5:47 to play and took three shots to tie the game in the last two minutes. The last one resulted in a scramble for the rebound in front of the goal. Senior Charlotte Adams came away with the ball in the closing seconds to secure the win.

Tapkas finished with three goals to go along with her assist, while freshman Kate Noone scored three times for her first career hat trick. Senior Steph Light had five ground balls and five caused turnovers.

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Last updated March 22, 2006