Wednesday, March 8, 2006
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BASEBALL FALLS IN NINTH
The Muhlenberg baseball team fell to Aurora, 7-6, on a two-out walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth.
Muhlenberg (2-3) retired the first two batters in the ninth, but a single, stolen base and passed ball put the winning run on third for Aurora (4-2), a team that went to the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
Trailing 1-0, the Mules got on the board on a suicide squeeze by junior A.J. Bettini in the top of the second. Freshman John Kalis plated two runs with a two-out double in the next inning, and senior Matt Tobia hit his seventh career home run to lead off the fifth, extending Muhlenbergs lead to 4-1.
The Spartans came back to knot the game at five in the bottom of the seventh, and the teams traded RBI doubles in the eighth.
Kalis recorded his third hit of the game to lead off the ninth, but was stranded at second base.
Tobia went 3-for-5 with a home run, double and two RBI, while Kalis was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.
Junior Katie Reimann got a good bounce as she scored the
game-winning goal with 1:22 left to cap the Muhlenberg womens
lacrosse come-from-behind victory over Elizabethtown, 8-7, in West Palm
The Mules, 3-0 for the first time in program history, erased a five-goal
Muhlenberg tied the game at seven when freshman Ruth Morrongiello took a feed from Reimann and whipped a shot past the goalkeepers right leg with 1:43 left in the game.
Morrongiello won the ensuing draw control and worked the ball up to senior Shannon Donohue, who was looking for Reimann in front of the net. The pass bounced off Reimanns stick and into the goal.
Donohue finished with three helpers for the second game in a row and moved into second on the Mules all-time assists list with 43. She also advanced to seventh on Muhlenbergs all-time scoring list with 137 points.
Elizabethtown (0-3) kept Muhlenberg on defense for most of the first half and came away with a 4-1 lead. The Blue Jays scored the first two goals of the second session to go up five. However, the Mules netted seven of the final eight to pull out the victory.
Weve watched our last two opponents come back at us, said Reimann. While you dont want to be down, it's nice to see that we can come back on someone else.
Trailing 6-1, the Mules got on the board with 20:29 remaining on a goal by senior Courtney Tapkas.
Reimann and Morrongiello scored the next two Muhlenberg goals on free-position shots. Donohue picked up a goal of her own with 9:58 left and senior Steph Light scored off a pass from Tapkas with 6:26 remaining.
We knew coming out of the half we would have to fight for every ground ball, said Reimann. Our defense had to work really hard in the first half, and they kept us in the game. We just needed to get our offense moving in the second half. As the game went on, we got better at transitioning the ball from defense to offense.
In the battle of freshman goalkeepers, Caroline Shadood made 10 saves for the Mules.
Muhlenbergs four-game winning streak, dating back to the final game of last year, is the longest in program history.
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Last updated March 8, 2006