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1999 Spring Sports Update

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For the Weeks of April 26 to May 9
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
The Muhlenberg College golf team has received a bid to the 1999 NCAA Division III Tournament, to be held May 17-20 at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Mass. The Mules, who will golf in the national tournament for the first time ever, received the bid after winning their second Centennial Conference championship in three years. Muhlenberg wasNCAA Golfone of 23 schools selected from six regional districts for the NCAA Tournament. Golf is the fourth Muhlenberg team sport, along with men's soccer and men's and women's basketball, to qualify for the NCAA Tournament the last two years. In addition, the wrestling team sent three individuals to the nationals this winter.

Celina Boer Muhlenberg senior Celina Boer has been named to the first team of the 1999 GTE Academic All-America Fall/Winter At-Large Team. A biology major, Boer holds 12 school records in women's soccer, including most career goals (44), assists (20) and points (108). She is Muhlenberg's first first-team Academic All-American since 1990. Boer was selected in the College Division, which includes all athletes competing in NCAA Divisions II and III and NAIA Divisions I and II in the sports of cross country, fencing, field hockey, gymnastics, rifle, skiing, soccer and swimming.

Amanda Waterbury, a senior forward on the Muhlenberg women's basketball team, was the top free-throw shooter in Division III this year, according to statistics released by the NCAA this week.Amanda WaterburyWaterbury made 91 of her 103 attempts from the charity stripe for a 88.3 percent success rate, nipping second-place Helen Dinan of Regis (Mass.) College by 0.05 percent. Her percentage is the 13th-best in Division III history, and third-best for shooters with more than 100 attempts. Waterbury, who averaged 10.4 points and 6.3 rebounds for the 16-10 Mules, is the first NCAA statistical champion for the Muhlenberg women's basketball program, and the first for the school since football player Rob Lokerson led Division III in receiving yards per game in 1993.

Muhlenberg senior catcher Elizabeth Billie has been named player of the year by the Centennial Conference softball coaches. She is only the fourth Muhlenberg athlete to earn CC player of the year honors; three of them have come from the softball program.Liz BillieBillie hit a team-best .450 in 1999 and also led the Mules with school-record totals in hits (58), doubles (12), triples (5), extra-base hits (19) and total bases (86). She drove in 31 runs and set or tied 11 school records during the season. Billie also became the fourth player in league history named to the All-Conference first team three straight years. Three other Muhlenberg softball players earned All-Conference honors. Click here for the complete list in all sports.

The Muhlenberg softball team had to settle for second place, its best finish ever, in the 1999 Centennial Conference race. Gettysburg clinched the outright title by splitting a doubleheader at Ursinus on the final day of the regular season. Standings through games of May 2:

              CC    All 
Gettysburg  13-3   26-11
MUHLENBERG  12-4   22-19
Dickinson   11-5   25-9
Western Md. 10-6   20-12
Ursinus     10-6   22-21
F & M        7-9   11-10
Washington   6-10  18-14
Haverford    2-14   7-29
Swarthmore   1-15   1-24

Monday, April 26
BASEBALL Muhlenberg 5, Swarthmore 4. A sacrifice fly by freshman JON ELIAS scored sophomore DAVID WOLF with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth, giving Muhlenberg its second straight come-from-behind win against Swarthmore. The Mules, who have won five of their last six CC games, trailed 4-3 going into their final at-bat before junior CHUCK DRAPER led off with a single, went to second on Wolf's walk and scored when the Garnet made a two-base throwing error on a bunt by junior CHRIS MORAITIS. Freshman GREG FREIN pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn his second win. Click here for line score.
TRACK Moravian 94, Muhlenberg 56 (men's); Moravian 99, Muhlenberg 48 (women's). The track meet begun at Muhlenberg on Saturday was completed with the throwing events at Moravian. Although the Greyhounds won the team scoring, the Mules set their third school record of the meet when freshman JIM HAYES threw the javelin 183 feet, 8 inches, breaking the standard of 181-2 set by Doug Peterson in 1991. Click here for meet summary.

Tuesday, April 27
BASEBALL Muhlenberg 11, Haverford 10. Muhlenberg jumped out to a 10-0 lead, then had to hold on for dear life to nip Haverford in its home finale. The victory gave the Mules their most Centennial Conference wins ever (seven), their most overall wins (13) since 1988 and their first three-game winning streak since 1994. It is also the first time in 80 seasons of baseball that Muhlenberg has captured three straight games by one run. A two-run single by freshman JON ELIAS and a booming RBI triple by freshman MIKE MORRIS were the big hits in a six-run fourth inning. Sophomores DAVID WOLF and PAUL LUONGO and Elias hit consecutive doubles to ignite the four-run fifth. Wolf later hit another double and freshman JOSHUA CARTER went 3-for-5 with his school-record 20th stolen base. Freshman GREG FREIN pitched the final 2 2/3 innings to earn his first career save. Click here for line score.
LACROSSE Ursinus 21, Muhlenberg 4. After a season in which they played every game close for at least a half, the Mules were defeated soundly by 20th-ranked Ursinus in their finale. The two seniors on the roster, ALLYSON CROOKS and KATIE KENNY, each scored once, and sophomore MIRUNA LOVIN had the other two goals. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, April 28
SOFTBALL New Jersey 3, Muhlenberg 2; New Jersey 3, Muhlenberg 1. Senior ELIZABETH BILLIE broke another school record, but Muhlenberg lost a pair of close games to the 16th-ranked team in Division III. Billie had three hits, including a double and triple in the first game, to give her a record 56 for the season. Sophomore KELLY MILO also had two hits, including a double, in the first game, and junior HEATHER DREBY held the Lions to five hits and one earned run while striking out six. Freshman LORI BLANCHFIELD tripled and scored the Mules' lone second-game run on a single by freshman LIZ KOSTELNICK. Click here for line scores.

Friday, April 30
BASEBALL Muhlenberg 4, Haverford 3 (11 innings). Sophomore JAMES BARSKI's third single of the game scored freshman pinch-runner MATTHEW LYCZKOWSKI with the winning run in the top of the 11th to give Muhlenberg its fourth straight one-run win. The Mules have their first four-game winning streak since 1993 and, with eight Centennial Conference wins, are guaranteed of finishing in the top half of the league for the first time ever. This was also the Mules' first extra-inning win since 1995, and their first in an 11-inning game since 1976. Freshman GREG FREIN pitched 5 2/3 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief to earn his second win in five days. After freshman centerfielder JOSHUA CARTER threw out a runner at the plate in the bottom of the seventh, Muhlenberg tied the score in the eighth on an RBI single by sophomore PAUL LUONGO. Click here for line score.
SOFTBALL Ursinus 8, Muhlenberg 0; Muhlenberg 12, Ursinus 7. Muhlenberg closed out its most successful regular season in six years by splitting a doubleheader with Ursinus. The Mules came back from deficits of 3-0, 4-3 and 7-6 to win the nightcap with six runs in the bottom of the sixth. After junior MELISSA NARDI singled in the tying run, junior CHRISTINE BIECHY hit a two-run double to put Muhlenberg ahead to stay. Senior SHELLY MARKOWITZ later added a run-scoring single for her third RBI of the game, and senior ALI HATOLA capped the rally by doubling in a run. Biechy scored four runs in the game, and freshman LORI BLANCHFIELD had three hits. Freshman ANGIE TYSON struck out a career-high eight to earn her 11th win. Click here for line scores.

Saturday, May 1
BASEBALL Muhlenberg 3, Johns Hopkins 0; Muhlenberg 9, Johns Hopkins 4. The Mules extended their winning streak to six games by sweeping the team ranked sixth in the Mid-Atlantic Region in the latest ABCA poll. Muhlenberg finished its Centennial Conference season with nine wins in its last 10 games to tie Johns Hopkins, the defending champion, for fourth place. Senior MARC LEZINSKI hurled his school-record third straight shutout, a four-hitter, in the opener, to finish 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA in the CC. Sophomore MARCUS MATTIELLI scored the Mules' first run, drove in the third and threw out a runner at home plate from right field. Muhlenberg came back from a 4-0 deficit to win the nightcap. Sophomore DAVID WOLF doubled in the tying run in the fifth, then hit a three-run double to cap a five-run sixth. Click here for line scores.
TRACK Centennial Conference Championships. Sophomore KATRINA BECK won her first outdoor high jump championship, highlighting the first day of competition at the CC Championships. Beck, who has won two indoor CC titles, cleared the bar at 5 feet, 3 inches, just an inch short of the meet record. The Muhlenberg women were in fifth place after seven events, also getting a fifth-place finish from junior ERIN QUINLIVAN in the pole vault and a sixth-place finish from freshman LAURA TRILLING in the triple jump. The men had two seventh-place finishes, but junior MATT HAZELTON recorded the best qualifying time in the 400 meters.

Sunday, May 2
TRACK Men finished eighth and women finished eighth at Centennial Conference Championships. Junior MATT HAZELTON joined Katrina Beck (see above) as a gold-medal winner at the CC Championships. Hazelton took the early lead and held off a strong charge from an Ursinus runner to capture the 400 meters in 49.16 seconds. Hazelton also was part of the 4x100-meter relay team -- along with juniors MATTHEW CAPOGROSSO and KURT KUNSCH and sophomore MWAURA MUROKI -- that ran a school-record 44.47. Senior JEFF THIEL tied for the best shot put, 44-11, but had to settle for second place because his opponent had a better second-best throw. A pair of freshmen took fourth place in the javelin, JIM HAYES for the men and NANCY KEGELMAN for the women. Click here for Muhlenberg highlights.

Tuesday, May 4
BASEBALL Muhlenberg 5, Lebanon Valley 1. Three pitchers combined to scatter eight hits as Muhlenberg extended its winning streak to seven games, its longest since 1980, with a season-ending win. Sophomore JOHN ZIEGLER worked the first five innings to earn his first career win; senior MARC LEZINSKI pitched the sixth, setting a school record by extending his consecutive scoreless inning streak to 22; and junior CHRIS OWEN finished up for his second save of the season. Freshman MIKE MORRIS drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the sixth, and freshman CHRIS GENOVA's first career hit, a pinch-single, knocked in a run in the eighth. Freshman JOSHUA CARTER went 3-for-5 to win the team batting title at .325. Click here for line score.

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Last updated May 11, 1999