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1999 Spring Sports Update

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For the Week of March 15 to March 21
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
Liz Billie Senior Elizabeth Billie of the Muhlenberg softball team was named player of the week by the Centennial Conference for her performance at the Rebel Spring Games in Ocoee, Fla. The catcher hit a torrid .600 in six games and, of the 21 runs the Mules scored, she drove in 12 and scored two others. Billie drove in a career-high five runs in a 6-2 defeat of Mt. Union. She also handled 22 chances in the field without an error.
Tuesday, March 16
BASEBALL at Lebanon Valley, postponed to May 4
MEN'S TENNIS at Marywood, postponed to March 18

Thursday, March 18
LACROSSE Muhlenberg 13, Kean 5. Senior ALLYSON CROOKS scored a career-high six points on three goals and three assists to lead the Mules to their first season-opening win in five years. Muhlenberg led only 3-2 at halftime, but scored the first four goals of the second half. Senior KATIE KENNY, who also netted three goals, then scored two goals 44 seconds apart to kick off a 6-0 run that made it 13-3 with less than three minutes remaining. Sophomores KERRY LAMBERT and MIRUNA LOVIN scored a pair of goals apiece. Freshman MELISSA GOLDKOPF made eight saves and allowed only three goals in her first career game. Another freshman, starting third man HOLLY SCHWAB, led the Mules with six ground balls.Click here for box score.
MEN'S TENNIS at Marywood, postponed again, this time to March 22
WOMEN'S TENNIS Muhlenberg 5, Montclair State 4. Freshman JESSICA TANIS won the third set in the last match on the court to provide the winning margin as Muhlenberg edged Montclair State in its first spring match of the year. Junior MARNY BAXT and sophomore RANDI SCHNUR joined Tanis as double winners. Click here for box score.

Friday, March 19
SOFTBALL Muhlenberg 7, Ursinus 1; Salisbury State 4, Muhlenberg 2; Muhlenberg 2, Lynchburg 1. Muhlenberg won two of three games to advance to the championship bracket of Salisbury State's Sea Gull Invitational. Freshman ANGIE TYSON drove in three runs and classmate LIZ KOSTELNICK knocked in two in the first game. Junior HEATHER DREBY allowed seven hits to pick up her first win of the year. Against the undefeated hosts, ranked ninth in Division III, the Mules closed to within two on a single by senior SHELLY MARKOWITZ and had the tying runs on base when the game ended in the sixth. Dreby scattered 11 hits in the third game for her second win of the day. Senior ELIZABETH BILLIE started a two-run rally in the second by smacking her school-record-tying 27th career double. Kostelnick singled her in and eventually scored the game-winner on a sacrifice fly by junior CHRISTINE BIECHY. Click here for line scores.

Saturday, March 20
BASEBALL Wilkes 8, Muhlenberg 3. Sophomore TIM HABERBUSCH and freshmen GREG FREIN and JOSHUA CARTER combined to strike out 14 Wilkes batters in eight innings, but the Mules' hitting and fielding did not match their pitching. Haberbusch fanned a career-high nine in five-plus innings of work. Carter had two hits and two stolen bases. Click here for line score.
SOFTBALL Muhlenberg 2, King's 1; Wilkes 7, Muhlenberg 4. Muhlenberg reached the semifinals of Salisbury State's Sea Gull Invitational before losing to Wilkes, the eventual champion. The Mules came from behind with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat King's. Freshman LORI BLANCHFIELD singled in the tying run, and senior ALI HATOLA scored the winner on an infield error. Junior HEATHER DREBY pitched a three-hitter for her third straight win. Senior ELIZABETH BILLIE had three hits against Wilkes, including a home run and her school-record 29th career double. Click here for line scores.
LACROSSE Hartwick 15, Muhlenberg 12. The Mules put up a valiant effort before losing to Hartwick, a national semifinalist last year, in their home opener. The ninth-ranked Hawks, who had defeated Muhlenberg by an average of 13 goals the last three years, scored five straight goals to take a 7-4 lead late in the first half, but the Mules rallied to tie the score on goals by seniors KATIE KENNY and ALLYSON CROOKS and junior MELISSA KOWALCZYK (the first of her career). Hartwick scored the next four, however, to take the lead for good. Sophomore MIRUNA LOVIN netted four goals for 'Berg and Kenny added three. Click here for box score.
TRACK men tied for fourth and women finished third at Franklin & Marshall Invitational. Muhlenberg enjoyed its best day on the track in a long time, using a total team effort to place high at F&M. Only one Mule won an event -- sophomore KATRINA BECK in the women's high jump. Senior STEPHANIE KALINER was the top scorer for the women, taking second in the long and triple jumps, third in the 100 meters and sixth in the 200 meters. She also ran on the 4x100-meter relay team that came in third. For the men, junior MATT HAZLETON was second in the 400 meters, third in the 200 meters (with a time just four-tenths of a second off the school record) and ran the lead leg of the fourth-place 4x100-meter relay team. Freshman JIM HAYES missed the school record in the javelin by 13 inches. Click here for Muhlenberg highlights.

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Last updated March 20, 1999