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BASEBALL WINS WITH FOUR IN NINTH
Rosenthal Named Player of the Week

Jennifer Rosenthal

Sophomore Jennifer Rosenthal of the Muhlenberg softball team was named Centennial Conference player of the week.

Rosenthal homered in three straight games to tie the school record of three home runs in a season. She became the first player in team history to homer in both games of a doubleheader, belting a two-run shot in each game as the Mules swept Franklin & Marshall, 10-2 and 12-1. Rosenthal also had a two-run double in the first game. For the week, she hit .600 (6-for-10) with eight RBI and a 1.600 slugging percentage.

The power surge improved Rosenthal’s batting average to a team-leading .317. She is second on the squad with 11 RBI.

The Muhlenberg baseball team extended its winning streak to four in dramatic fashion, scoring four runs in the top of the ninth to defeat Haverford, 8-7.

The win gave the Mules (14-9, 7-1) a season sweep of the Fords (13-12, 4-2) and gave them a half-game lead over Johns Hopkins for first place in the Centennial Conference.

Muhlenberg trailed 7-4 with one out in the ninth when junior Ryan
John
Kalis
Kalis leads the Mules with eight doubles this season.
Sassaman
– who had started a three-run rally in the fifth with his 100th career hit – singled to center. Senior Matt Tobia was hit by a pitch. The runners moved up to second and third on a wild pitch and stayed there when Haverford committed an infield error.

Freshman John Kalis doubled down the right-field line to bring in two runs, and senior James Petersen tied the game with a sacrifice fly to right. Kalis scored the winning run when junior Matthew Block singled through the right side.

The Fords threatened in the bottom of ninth, putting runners on second and third with one out. But junior Jason Bonder retired the final two batters on a popup and flyout to nail down his second career save.

Sassaman’s single in the fifth made him the second Mule in as many days, and the third this season, to join the century club. He scored on a double by Kalis. A sacrifice fly by freshman Edward Risener brought in the second run of the inning, and a third scored when a relay throw got away after hitting Kalis as he was sliding into third.

Sophomore Brandon Schreck, making his second career appearance, picked up the win after tossing a scoreless eighth inning. He gave up a leadoff double and was helped out by a 5-3-5 double play.

Muhlenberg has come from at least three runs behind to win three of the four games in its current streak. The Mules came from behind four times in the first win against Haverford, making up a five-run deficit.

“We are on a streak now and everything is clicking,” said Kalis. “Baseball can be very contagious. We had a lot of clutch plays today.”.

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Last updated April 10, 2006