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1999 Spring Sports Update

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For the Weeks of May 10 to May 23
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
The Muhlenberg softball team received the top seed for the 1999 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III South championship, held on May 15-16 at Dickinson College. The results for the double-elimination four-team tournament are listed at right. Muhlenberg was awarded the top seed after playing a challenging schedule that included 20 games against teams invited to the NCAA Tournament. The Mules played in the postseason for the first time since making the last of four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 1992. Softball was the third ECAC Tournament of the school year for Muhlenberg. In the fall, women's soccer and field hockey received bids, with women's soccer winning the championship.

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.

Two Muhlenberg female athletes whose last names are also male first names have been named to the All-Region teamLiz Billiein their respective sports. Senior catcher Elizabeth Billie (right) of the softball team was named to the All-East Region first team for the second straight year and will receive strong consideration for All-America honors. Billie, a third-team All-Region selection her first two years and the Centennial Conference player of the year, is hitting .450 with 31 RBI. SeniorKatie KennyKatie Kenny (left) of the lacrosse team earned a spot on the All-Metro Region second team after setting school records for career goals (152) and points (183) and season goals (50). The first player in team history to earn first-team All-Centennial Conference honors, Kenny also has been invited to participate in the Division III North/South All-Star Game in Baltimore on June 12. Click here for a complete list of spring honorees.

Saturday, May 15
SOFTBALL ECAC South Tournament:
GAME 1 Bethany 6, Muhlenberg 0
GAME 2 King's 5, Dickinson 4 (8 innings)
GAME 3 Muhlenberg 7, Dickinson 2
GAME 4 King's 5, Bethany 4
The Mules dropped their first game of the tournament, but came back to eliminate host Dickinson and advance to the second day. Senior SHELLY MARKOWITZ had two of Muhlenberg's eight hits in the opener, giving her an even 100 for her career. She is the 10th player in team history to reach the century mark, and half of them have come from this year's senior class. The Mules broke out in the second game by scoring two runs in each of the first three innings and tying a school record with eight stolen bases. Senior ALI HATOLA scored twice and stole a school-record-tying three bases (for the fifth time), raising her career steals total to 99. Junior CRISTINA GENNA hit a two-run single, stole home, made two nice catches in right field and threw out a runner attempting to advance. Freshman LORI BLANCHFIELD and Markowitz had a pair of steals apiece. Freshman ANGIE TYSON struck out five and allowed seven hits and only one earned run to pick up her 12th win of the season. Click here for line scores.

Sunday, May 16
SOFTBALL ECAC South Tournament:
GAME 5 Muhlenberg 8, Bethany 5
GAME 6 King's 1, Muhlenberg 0
Michelle Patches pitched a one-hit shutout in the title game to give King's the 1999 ECAC South championship. Muhlenberg advanced to the final by twice coming from behind to defeat Bethany in what was a historic game for seniors ALI HATOLA and ELIZABETH BILLIE. Hatola stole her 100th base in the third to achieve a milestone reached by only 11 players in Division III history prior to this season. She singled in the go-ahead run in the Mules' four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth, then capped the inning by scoring her school-record 114th career run. Billie's two-run double in the third gave her a school-record 82 career RBI. Junior MELISSA NARDI singled in a run in the third and began the winning rally by singling to lead off the sixth. In the championship game, junior HEATHER DREBY pitched a six-hitter but was the hard-luck loser, as a two-out single in the fifth by junior CHRISTINE BIECHY was the Mules' lone hit. Click here for line scores.

Monday, May 17 - Thursday, May 20
GOLF Muhlenberg finished 18th at NCAA Championships. Muhlenberg shot its poorest round of the tournament, a 326, on the final day to finish in 18th place -- the best showing by a Centennial Conference team since Gettysburg placed 17th in 1994. The Mules were seven strokes behind Susquehanna, one of their regional rivals, but finished eight strokes ahead of New Jersey. Methodist won its sixth consecutive national championship, outshooting UC San Diego by 27 strokes. Sophomore MATT BERMAN had a 72-hole total of 315, tying for 53rd in the field of 120 golfers. Junior MATT DEIBERT had the Mules' best round of the tournament, a 76 in the first round. Click here for complete results.

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Last updated May 20, 1999