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1999 Spring Sports Update

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For the Week of April 19 to April 25
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
The golf team gave Muhlenberg its first Centennial Conference title of the 1998-99 academic year when it outshot defending champion Western Maryland by five strokes. The CC championship was Muhlenberg's 10th in the six years of the league's existence in all sports, and the school's 12th overall. Here is the complete list:
1983-Football (shared)
1986-Football (shared)
1994-Men's Soccer
1995-Men's Basketball
1995-Men's Soccer
1997-Women's Basketball
1997-Golf (shared)
1997-Men's Soccer
1998-Men's Basketball
1998-Women's Basketball

The Muhlenberg softball team got mixed news on Sunday, April 25. Western Maryland and Dickinson split a doubleheader to each fall a game behind Muhlenberg. However, Gettysburg swept Washington to complete a 6-0 weekend and remain in first place by percentage points going into the final week of the season. Even if the Mules sweeps their remaining doubleheader against Ursinus, they will need help from Gettysburg's opponents to win their first Centennial Conference championship. The 1999 CC champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Standings through games of April 25:

              CC    All
Gettysburg  10-2   21-10
MUHLENBERG  11-3   21-16
Western Md. 10-4   16-10
Dickinson   10-4   22-8
Ursinus      8-4   20-15
F & M        7-9   11-10
Washington   6-10  14-14
Swarthmore   0-12   0-20
Haverford    0-14   5-29

Important upcoming games:
4/29 Dickinson at Swarthmore
4/30 Ursinus at Muhlenberg
5/1 Western Md. at Gettysburg
5/2 Gettysburg at Ursinus 

Monday, April 19
SOFTBALL Messiah 3, Muhlenberg 0; Messiah 4, Muhlenberg 0. Senior ELIZABETH BILLIE broke another school record, but it wasn't enough as fourth-ranked Messiah posted a double shutout. Billie was 3-for-3 with two doubles in the first game and had the Mules' lone hit in the second game. Her two doubles gave her a school-record 11 for the season. Senior SHELLY MARKOWITZ also set a record by playing in her 135th career game. Click here for line scores.
GOLF finished third at District II Cross Creek Golf Classic at Hershey. Sophomore MATT BERMAN's two-round total of 157 paced the Mules to a third-place finish at the 15-team tournament. Click here for complete results.

Tuesday, April 20
BASEBALL rained out vs. Swarthmore
LACROSSE vs. Drew, cancelled
WOMEN'S TENNIS Gettysburg 6, Muhlenberg 3. Muhlenberg closed out its home season with an indoor loss to Gettysburg. Sophomore KERRI WALDOWSKI won at both first singles and first doubles, and sophomore STEPHANIE POWERS recorded her team-leading eighth singles win at No. 2. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, April 21
BASEBALL vs. Moravian, postponed to April 22
SOFTBALL Muhlenberg 9, Elizabethtown 4; Muhlenberg 1, Elizabethtown 0 (10 innings). Freshman ANGIE TYSON pitched the first 10-inning shutout in school history as Muhlenberg completed the doubleheader sweep with its longest 1-0 game ever. Tyson (10-7) allowed only three hits and struck out four to become only the second freshman in program history to reach double figures in wins. The Mules ended the epic pitchers' duel in the 10th when senior JACKIE VANDERSTREET, who began the inning at second under tiebreaker rules, scored on a one-out error. Vanderstreet became the 10th member of Muhlenberg's 100-hit club in the first game, lining a two-run single to cap a four-run first inning. Freshman LORI BLANCHFIELD went 3-for-3 with two runs scored to go along with excellent play in the field, and senior ELIZABETH BILLIE also hit a two-run single. Click here for line scores.
GOLF finished second at Lehigh Valley Tournament. Muhlenberg's team total of 406 was good for second in the annual competition for local bragging rights. Lehigh won with a 383, Lafayette shot a 420 to finish third, and Moravian was a distant fourth with a 458. Junior MATT DEIBERT and sophomore MATT BERMAN each shot a 78. Click here for complete results.
MEN'S TENNIS Muhlenberg 7, Ursinus 0. The Mules warmed up for the Centennial Conference Tournament by scoring their second straight shutout win. Senior JARED SHAFER and sophomore MIKE McCORMICK remained undefeated as a doubles team, and both won at singles, McCormick stomping his opponent 6-0, 6-0. Senior JON MANDELBAUM and sophomore ROBBY RICHMAN also won at both singles and doubles, Richman improving to 8-1 for the season. Click here for box score.
WOMEN'S TENNIS Ursinus 5, Muhlenberg 4. For the second straight day, sophomore KERRI WALDOWSKI was the only double winner as the Mules wrapped up their regular season. Waldowski and sophomore MARISSA LUTZER paired up for their 10th career doubles win together. They are only the fifth team in team history to reach double figures. Sophomore STEPHANIE POWERS ran her singles record to 9-4. Click here for box score.

Thursday, April 22
BASEBALL Moravian 4, Muhlenberg 3. The Mules wasted another beautiful pitching performance by sophomore TIM HABERBUSCH in falling to their local rivals. The right-hander tied a career high with nine strikeouts for the second consecutive game and allowed only two earned runs on seven hits. Muhlenberg rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the score on two-out RBI doubles by freshman JOSHUA CARTER (in the fifth) and sophomore DAVID WOLF (in the sixth). The Greyhounds scored the winning run in the top of the seventh on two infield errors. Click here for line score.
LACROSSE Muhlenberg 11, Widener 9. Junior SHANNON LOWTHER's only goal of the game, with 11:29 to play, snapped an 8-8 tie and sent the Mules on their way to the win. Senior ALLYSON CROOKS and sophomore KERRY LAMBERT added late goals to give Muhlenberg a lead of 11-8 with less than five minutes to play. Crooks finished with four goals and an assist to surpass the 90-point mark for her career and move into fifth place on Muhlenberg's all-time goals scored list. Senior KATIE KENNY had her streak of consecutive hat tricks stopped at 13. She did score twice, giving her 148 career goals -- four away from breaking the school record. Click here for box score.

Friday, April 23
BASEBALL at Swarthmore, postponed to April 25
GOLF Muhlenberg tied for first place after the first round of the Centennial Conference Championships. Lightning shortened the first of three rounds to nine holes. The Mules and Gettysburg both shot a 161, four strokes ahead of defending champion Western Maryland.
MEN'S TENNIS Sophomore ROBBY RICHMAN won his first-round match at the Centennial Conference Championships, defeating Geoff Gross of Johns Hopkins, 6-3, 6-2. Up next for Richman is fourth-seeded Peter Law of Haverford. Senior JON MANDELBAUM, seeded seventh, received a first-round bye and will face Steve Emkey of Franklin & Marshall on Saturday morning. The doubles team of senior JARED SHAFER and sophomore MIKE McCORMICK is slated to battle an F&M team Saturday morning.
WOMEN'S TENNIS Muhlenberg was perfect on the first day of the Centennial Conference Championships, winning all three singles matches and one doubles match. Sophomore MARISSA LUTZER easily defeated Molly George of Ursinus, 6-1, 6-1, and gets top seed Molly Williams of Dickinson next. Freshman KRISTEN DiLORENZO came back after losing the first set to oust Cynthia Briggs of Washington in a third-set tiebreaker. She faces third-seeded Lauren Cherande of Johns Hopkins in the second round. Sophomore KERRI WALDOWSKI topped Emily Peterson of Johns Hopkins, 6-3, 6-4, for the right to face the second seed, Swarthmore's Jennifer Pao. The doubles team of freshmen JESSICA TANIS and ELLICE GOLDSTEIN was eliminated in the first round. TRACK at Penn Relays. The team of junior MATT HAZELTON, sophomore CHRIS CATALANO, senior DALTON HAMILTON and freshman DAVID GUNTHER finished 13th in the Pop Haddleton 4x400 at the Penn Relays.

Saturday, April 24
BASEBALL Muhlenberg 7, Franklin & Marshall 0; Franklin & Marshall 7, Muhlenberg 1. Senior MARC LEZINSKI tossed his second straight shutout, a three-hitter, as the Mules won the first game of the doubleheader to reach double digits in wins for the first time since 1993. Lezinski struck out seven in becoming the first Muhlenberg pitcher since 1981 to throw back-to-back shutouts. Freshman JOSHUA CARTER hit a two-run double to cap a five-run sixth inning and, in the second game, tied the school record of 17 stolen bases in a season. Junior CHUCK DRAPER had all three of the Mules' hits in the nightcap, including his 10th career home run. Click here for line scores.
SOFTBALL Muhlenberg 2, Washington 1 (8 innings); Muhlenberg 5, Washington 4. Junior HEATHER DREBY got both wins as Muhlenberg scored the go-ahead run in its final at bat twice to reach 20 wins for the first time since 1992. Dreby allowed eight hits in the first game, but trailed 1-0 until senior ALI HATOLA hit a two-out double in the seventh to tie the score. The Mules won their second straight extra-inning game when junior CHRISTINE BIECHY drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth. In the second game, junior MELISSA NARDI, who hit a two-run triple in the first inning, was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth to push across the winning run. Dreby struck out four of the seven batters she faced in relief. Hatola stole four bases in the twinbill, tying the school record of 27 steals she set last season. Click here for line scores.
GOLF Muhlenberg in first place after two rounds of the Centennial Conference Championships. The Mules, bidding for their second title in the last three years, took a seven-stroke lead into the final day of competition. Muhlenberg had a 484, followed by defending champion Western Maryland with 491 and Gettysburg with 492.
LACROSSE Franklin & Marshall 14, Muhlenberg 10. Senior KATIE KENNY, playing in her final home game, broke two school records and tied another in a valiant Muhlenberg effort. The Mules, whose all-time average margin of loss to the Diplomats was 13 goals, rallied to forge a 10-10 with 13 minutes remaining. F&M scored the final four goals of the game, though. Kenny's four goals gave her records of 49 this season and 151 for her career. She also tied the mark of 29 career hat tricks. Click here for box score.
MEN'S TENNIS Centennial Conference Championships. Both of Muhlenberg's singles entries were eliminated in the quarterfinals. Senior JON MANDELBAUM won in three sets to advance to the quarters, where he was defeated by eventual finalist Gustavo Vicentini of Washington. Unseeded sophomore ROBBY RICHMAN knocked off fourth-seeded Peter Law of Haverford with relative ease, 6-0, 6-4, before losing to Franklin & Marshall's Rami Abdel-Misih. Click here for Muhlenberg results.
WOMEN'S TENNIS Centennial Conference Championships. The top three seeds in the draw ousted Muhlenberg's three entries in the second round. Click here for Muhlenberg results.
TRACK vs. Moravian. Muhlenberg hosted its first meet since 1990, a dual that will be completed on Monday, April 26, when the throwing events are held at Moravian. The Mules broke two school records their first time competing on the new track: Junior MATT HAZELTON ran the 400 meters in 49.11 seconds, more than a second better than the previous mark of 50.30, set by Tom Fritz in 1985. Senior STEPHANIE KALINER broke her own long jump record by eight inches, hitting the sand at 16 feet, 10.5 inches. Kaliner also won the triple jump, joining sophomore KATRINA BECK (high jump, 400 hurdles) as a double winner. Sophomore INGA BAILEY took first in the 400 meters. For the men, freshman WILL ELSON (800 meters), senior DALTON HAMILTON (110 hurdles) and freshman DAVID GUNTHER (400 hurdles) won their events. Complete results and final team scores will be posted on Monday.

Sunday, April 25
BASEBALL Muhlenberg 8, Swarthmore 7. Freshman RYAN WHITE retired all 13 batters he faced in relief to pick up his first career win as Muhlenberg came from behind to win. The Mules trailed, 7-6, heading into the seventh, but got back-to-back sacrifice flies from sophomore DAVID WOLF and junior CHRIS MORAITIS to take the lead. White took care of things from there, throwing first-pitch strikes to all but two of the batters he faced and fanning four in his 4 1/3-inning stint. Freshman JOSHUA CARTER was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two stolen bases to set a new single-season record with 19 steals. Junior CHUCK DRAPER cracked two extra-base hits for the second straight game. Click here for line score.
GOLF Won Centennial Conference Championship. The Mules finished with a 45-hole total of 805, five strokes better than defending champ Western Maryland, to win its second team title in three years. Muhlenberg tied Ursinus for the title in 1997 and finished second last year. The Mules will now await word on a possible bid to their first NCAA Division III Tournament. Western Maryland received a bid after winning the Centennial Conference title last year. The selections are scheduled to be announced on Tuesday, May 4, with the tournament to be held at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Mass., May 17-20. Four 'Berg golfers finished in the top 11 of the CC tourney. Sophomore MATT BERMAN was fifth with a 198 and junior MATT SKILTON tied for seventh with a 201. Both received first-team All-Centennial Conference honors for the second consecutive year. Junior MATT DEIBERT was 10th with a 203, one stroke and one place better than sophomore STEVEN MOORE. Click here for complete results and click here for a list of Muhlenberg's CC championship teams.

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Last updated April 25, 1999