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Baseball, Softball Swept

The third opponent was not the charm for the Muhlenberg baseball team, which found out Sunday morning that it would be playing Penn State Berks and not DeSales (which had replaced Susquehanna) in its first games in more than a week.

The Nittany Lions used big sixth innings to sweep the Mules, 5-3 and 9-6.

In the opener, Muhlenberg took a 3-2 lead with three runs in the bottom of the fifth, capped by an RBI double off the bat of senior Pete Oris. Berks answered with three runs in the next frame. The Mules (3-9) put the tying runs in scoring position in the bottom of the sixth, but could not push them across.

Berks overcame a 5-3 deficit with six in the sixth in the second game. Oris continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

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Muhlenberg finally got to play its first games since returning from Florida, but was swept by Cortland State, 9-2 and 7-0.

The Mules (3-9) took a 1-0 lead in bottom of the first of the first game. They had a runner thrown out at the plate to end the inning, and the Red Dragons came back with six runs in their turn at bat. Sophomore Samantha Crist doubled in a run in the fifth to prevent the game from ending via the eight-run rule.

In the second game, junior Katie Vecchione gave up a triple and single to the first two batters, then did not allow an earned run the rest of the way. Cortland took advantage of two errors to scored six runs in the fourth, and Muhlenberg could manage only three hits.

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The Muhlenberg men’s tennis team’s streak of 23 straight wins against McDaniel certainly looked in jeopardy when the Green Terror swept the doubles matches. The Mules came back, however, and took five of the six singles matches to keep their streak alive with a 5-4 win.

The women’s match was a bit less dramatic, as Muhlenberg dropped only 29 games in its 9-0 shutout.

Sophomore Brian Wernick played No. 1 singles for the first time in his career and won in straight sets. Freshman Jonathan Farber moved up to No. 3 and earned a key point by outlasting his opponent in three
Junior Amanda Clifford teamed up with sophomore Leslie Schaffer for an 8-4 win at No. 3 doubles.
sets. It was his third win without a loss in singles play this spring.

Junior Jamie Goldman (No. 4) also remained unbeaten for the spring with a straight-sets win. At No. 5, sophomore Tim Ness earned his first singles victory of the spring, also in straight sets, and senior Michael DiVita won at No. 6.
(corrected 3/26/07)

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As they did in their Centennial Conference win against Haverford, the women displayed strength at the top of the lineup, as sophomore Jenn Powell (No. 1), senior Pam Kimmelman (No. 2) and sophomore Carly Rotfeld (No. 3) combined to lose only one singles game. The trio dropped just seven total games in the Haverford and McDaniel matches.

Kimmelman had a perfect day, winning 6-0, 6-0 in singles and teaming with Powell for an 8-0 No. 1 doubles win. In three career singles matches against McDaniel, she won 6-0, 6-0 twice and 6-1, 6-1 once.

The bottom of the lineup also came through for the Mules. Junior Jacquelyn Magner and sophomores Maddy Goldfarb and Olga Skoropad each earned their first singles victories of the spring.

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Last updated March 25, 2007