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Tennis Teams Split

Freshman Kimberly Snyder opened her spring season in fine form, breaking her own school record by shooting a three-over-par 75 in the first round of the Nike Collegiate Classic, hosted by McDaniel at the Links at Gettysburg.

Snyder has broken the school record for lowest round in all three of her tournaments to date. She carded an 81 and a 79 in her two fall tournaments. The previous record was 87.

Despite struggling somewhat with her putting, Snyder came into the clubhouse ahead of the field – which consisted of six complete teams and two individuals – by 10 strokes.

Muhlenberg won the first of its two weekend matches, edging Dickinson, 5-4.

As it did in its 5-4 win against Haverford, the Mules (3-2, 3-2) won at the top three singles and top two doubles spots. Sophomore Jenn Powell and senior Pam Kimmelman teamed up for what proved to be the crucial win, 9-7 at No. 1 doubles.

Powell and Kimmelman have won at both singles and doubles in four straight matches, and sophomore Carly Rotfeld is a perfect 5-0 at No. 3 singles this spring.

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Muhlenberg hosted and lost to No. 21 Johns Hopkins, 8-1. Sophomore Brian Wernick gave the Mules (4-3, 2-2) their lone point when he defeated half of the region’s fourth-ranked doubles team at No. 2 singles.

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“It only takes one” is a common cheer on the diamond, and for Muhlenberg softball, one swing of the bat seemed to make the difference for the entire team.

A three-run home run by sophomore Samantha Crist energized the Mules in the first game of their Centennial Conference-opening doubleheader against Gettysburg. Although they
Samantha Crist
Crist is all smiles as she is congratulated by her teammates after the home run. She leads the Mules with a .410 batting average.
wound up losing that game, 6-4 in eight innings, they captured the nightcap, 9-7, on the strength of a seven-run fourth inning.

Muhlenberg trailed 4-0 when it came to bat in the bottom of the sixth of the opener and had not mounted a serious scoring threat, managing only three hits against a Bullet pitching staff that sported a 1.71 ERA. After seniors Hilary Marinchak and Katie Olson led off the sixth by reaching on a walk and single, respectively, Crist cranked an 0-1 pitch over the fence in left for her first career home run.

The Mules had two more hits in that inning and two in the seventh, tying the score on a two-out RBI single by sophomore RiRi Ferrigno.

The Bullets (9-5, 1-1) scored twice in the eighth to win the game, but Muhlenberg went into the second game feeling good about its late comeback.

“I think we took the momentum and ran with it in the second game,” said Crist.

Walked with it, too. The Mules (4-12, 1-1) drew 11 walks in the nightcap, including six in the big fourth inning, which featured two Gettysburg pitching changes. Freshman Allie Saltstein drew two walks in the frame, which also featured back-to-back two-run doubles by Crist and Ferrigno and an RBI triple by freshman Alexa DeMiglio.

The Bullets did some hitting of their own in the second game, cutting the Muhlenberg lead to 9-6 with three runs in the fifth. Sophomore Lara Kestenbaum relieved in the sixth and earned her second save of the season, striking out the final batter with the potential tying runs on base.

Crist reached base in her last seven plate appearances of the twinbill, going 5-for-6 with two walks, two doubles, a home run and five RBI. Marinchak was 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored in the second game, helping her senior class earn its first win against Gettysburg.

“The split sets us up for a good start in the conference,” noted Crist. “We think of the Centennial Conference games as basically a new season. We took our 3-11 record – or whatever it was – and forgot about it.”

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Baseball: Across the path at Cedarcreek Field, the baseball team was swept by defending Centennial Conference champion Franklin & Marshall, 9-0 and 12-5. The Mules (4-12, 1-3) had only four hits in the first game and trailed 12-1 in the second before scoring four times in the eighth.

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Last updated March 31, 2007