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Friday, April 13, 2007
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Friday the 13th proved to be an unlucky day to be a pitcher at the Swarthmore baseball diamond.

Thirteen pitchers took the mound and combined to allow 30 runs and 34 hits in the Mules’ 18-12 victory. On the heels of a 15-5 win at Moravian on Monday and a 16-6 victory against Swarthmore the next day, it marked the first time in school history that Muhlenberg reached the 15-run mark in three consecutive games.

The game also featured two individual milestones. Freshman Eric Pomroy tied
Eric Pomroy
Pomroy is the third Muhlenberg player to get six hits in a game; the last was Rich Bruckner (also at Swarthmore) in 1997. The 6-for-7 day raised Pomroy’s average from .305 to .364.
a school record with six hits, and junior Joe Carlo recorded his 100th career hit.

The Mules (7-14, 3-5) wasted no time getting their offense in gear, scoring eight runs in the first inning. Senior Ryan Sassaman led off with a single, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Pomroy’s first hit. Two walks, a hit batter and a run-scoring balk later, the Garnet (2-18, 0-10) starting pitcher was removed without retiring a batter.

Freshman Dan Fisher drove in two runs in the big inning with a triple and stole home on the back end of a double steal with sophomore Christian Conti, who eventually came around on Pomroy’s second RBI single of the frame.

Pomroy’s single also loaded the bases for Carlo, who had walked in his first at-bat of the inning. He popped out, but made up for it in his next plate appearance by belting his fourth career home run, a two-run shot in the third.

“I got the same pitch I popped out on, but I got on top of it more and I was able to put it out,” he said. “I was a little anxious when the game started, but that relaxed me.”

Muhlenberg did not relax, adding to its 10-5 lead with four runs in the fourth. Senior Tom McDonald led off with a triple and scored on a single by Fisher, who by then was pitching in relief. Sassaman brought in two more runs with a single, and after another Pomroy hit, Carlo singled for his 100th career hit. He is the second Mule to reach the century mark this season.

Trailing 15-5 after five, Swarthmore crept back into the game with three in the sixth and four in the eighth. Senior Eric Wolfer relieved and struck out both batters he faced in the eighth, then added two more strikeouts in the ninth (after Muhlenberg plated three insurance runs) to nail down his second save of the season.

Sophomore Brent Morris, the third of six Mule hurlers, pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first career win.

In addition to his six singles, Pomroy drove in four runs and stole two bases. Sassaman went 3-for-4 despite playing only four innings, and Carlo and Fisher also had three hits as Muhlenberg scored in double digits for the fourth game in a row.

“Ever since that Dickinson game, even though we lost, we’ve been very dangerous,” said Carlo. “This is a good week for us, and hopefully we can continue it.”

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Last updated April 13, 2007