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BASEBALL ROARS PAST SWARTHMORE

March is supposed to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb, but the Muhlenberg baseball team’s bats were just as ferocious on the last day of the month as they have been all season.

The Mules pounded out 20 hits and scored in every inning but one to complete their season sweep of Swarthmore with a 16-11 win. The Garnet
Paul Faith
Faith allowed 11 hits in his seven-inning stint, but induced double-play ground balls to end three straight innings, starting one himself in the fifth.
(5-8, 0-2) scored eight runs in the ninth to make the final score close.

Muhlenberg (9-8 overall) is 2-0 in the Centennial Conference for the second year in a row. The Mules had never started their CC campaign with two wins prior to last season.

The most notable of the 20 hits was a fourth-inning single up the middle by Matt Tobia. Not only did it drive in two runs, but it also was the 100th hit of Tobia’s career. He is the 27th member of Muhlenberg’s century club.

The offense was more than enough for sophomore Paul Faith, who allowed two runs in seven innings to earn his first career win.

Muhlenberg took advantage of poor Swarthmore fielding to score three unearned runs in the first two innings. Tobia’s milestone single in the fourth made it 5-1.

In the fifth, the Garnet leftfielder misplayed junior Ryan Sassaman’s hard ground ball through the hole, allowing three runners, including Sassaman, to score. Sophomore Joseph Carlo followed with a double and scored on a dropped fly ball.

Reserves were mostly responsible for putting up seven runs in the Mules’ last three turns at the plate. Junior Mike Hart, who hadn’t played in 12 days due to injury, made his return and singled twice, and freshman Eric Hammond had a pair of hits after entering the game in the sixth.

Senior Chad Hegstrom was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and freshman John Kalis also had three hits.

Muhlenberg ended the month of March with a team batting average of .365 and averaging 10.2 runs per game.

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Last updated March 31, 2006