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Schedule Note: Saturday’s home softball doubleheader against McDaniel, has been postponed and tentatively rescheduled for Sunday, April 23.

BASEBALL COMES BACK FOR TIE
WOMEN’S TENNIS FALLS IN LIKELY PLAYOFF PREVIEW

Washington took two of three doubles matches and went on to defeat Muhlenberg, 5-4, in a matchup of two regionally ranked women’s tennis teams.

The Shorewomen (13-4, 9-1) entered the match eighth in the Atlantic South Region, one spot ahead of the Mules (7-6, 7-2). Unless Swarthmore, which is undefeated in the Centennial Conference and ranked 18th in Division III, drops two of its final three matches, Washington and Muhlenberg will meet again in a CC semifinal next weekend.

Senior Amy Schmidt and freshman Jenn Powell, playing together for just the second time, scored an impressive 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles against a Shorewomen duo that is ranked 11th in the region and was 7-0 in CC competition.

Schmidt breezed to a 6-2, 6-2 singles win in a rematch of a semifinal match in last year’s CC Individual Tournament. She is 11-0 on the season and has yet to drop a set.

Although it had no bearing on the outcome, the last match on the court was memorable, as junior Kelly Fraser won in three sets at No. 6. Since the third set had already started when Washington clinched the match, the coaches agreed that if the set was tied, the players would go straight to a tiebreaker. Fraser came back from a 4-1 deficit to even the set at 4-4, then outlasted her opponent in a marathon of a tiebreaker, 15-13.

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A pinch-hit three-run home run by sophomore Joseph Carlo was the big blow as the Muhlenberg baseball team came back to tie Dickinson, 7-7. The game was called after 11 innings due to darkness.

The Mules (15-13-1, 8-5-1) trailed 6-1 heading into the eighth, but junior Mike Hart and freshman John Kalis led off with singles, and Carlo came off the bench to belt his third round-tripper of the season. One out later, senior Chad Hegstrom doubled and came around on a single by freshman Eric Hammond to cut the Red Devil lead to 6-5.

Muhlenberg also got its first two runners on in the ninth on singles by senior Matt Tobia and junior Pete Oris. Tobia came around to score when Dickinson (14-15-2, 7-3-2) threw away Hart’s sacrifice bunt. Kalis brought in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly.

With Hart on third and one out, the Mules had a chance to build more of a lead, but Dickinson made two outstanding plays in the field to keep the score 7-6.

The Red Devils wasted little time tying the game in the bottom of the ninth, as the leadoff batter doubled, stole third and came around on an error. Dickinson had the winning run on third with one out, but junior Tom McDonald worked out of the jam.

Each team had a golden chance to score in extra innings. Muhlenberg loaded the bases with two outs in the 10th, and Dickinson had the bases loaded with one out in the 11th. Freshman Mike Misciagna retired the Red Devils’ second and third hitters on infield popups, and the umpires ruled that it was too dark to start the 12th inning.

Junior Ryan Sassaman had three hits, including a triple, for the Mules.

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Last updated April 21, 2006