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2001 Spring Sports Update

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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
For the second consecutive year, the Muhlenberg softball team will travel to Salem, Va., to open up the NCAA Division III Tournament. NCAA Softball ChampionshipsThe Mules have been selected as the fifth seed in the five-team Atlantic Regional and will play the regional’s first game against York. Muhlenberg won the Centennial Conference championship, while York was the runner-up in the Capital Athletic Conference. The Spartans lost only five games all season, but two were to Centennial Conference schools (Franklin & Marshall and Dickinson). Muhlenberg and York have not played each other in softball since 1981. The winner of that first game advances to play top seed Salisbury State, while the loser faces an elimination game against the loser between host Roanoke and Christopher Newport. The tournament schedule:

Friday, May 11
Game 1: (5) Muhlenberg (23-15) vs. (4) York (31-5), 10:00
Game 2: (3) Christopher Newport (35-7) vs. (2) Roanoke (38-8), 12:30
Game 3: (1) Salisbury State (34-7) vs. winner of Game 1, 3:00
Game 4: loser of Game 1 vs. loser of Game 2, 5:30
Saturday, May 12
Game 5: winner of Game 2 vs. winner of Game 3, 3:00
Game 6: winner of Game 4 vs. loser of Game 3, 5:30
Game 7: loser of Game 5 vs. winner of Game 6, 8:00
Sunday, May 13
Game 8: winner of Game 5 vs. winner of Game 7, 1:00
Game 9: replay of Game 8, if necessary, 3:30

Friday, May 11
SOFTBALL York 3, Muhlenberg 2; Muhlenberg 6, Christopher Newport 2. Down to its final strike, Muhlenberg scored six runs with two outs in the top of the seventh to defeat Christopher Newport and stay alive in the NCAA Tournament. Sophomore Kelly Berg tied the score with a two-out, two-strike, pinch-hit single, and freshman Becki Toth followed with a two-run double off the shortstop’s glove. An RBI single by freshman Jaclyn Maser and a two-run single by senior Elizabeth Kostelnick capped the uprising. Freshman Danielle DeLucia tossed a five-hitter and allowed only one earned run to pick up the win.

In the first game, the Muhlenberg jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth, but York came back with two in the sixth and one in the eighth. The Mules scored their runs on back-to-back doubles by freshman Amanda Ibey and sophomore Meghan Woods and a two-out RBI pinch-single by sophomore Missy Arnott. Ibey went 3-for-4 in the game with a pair of doubles. All four NCAA games played by Muhlenberg the last two years have been decided in the final at-bat.
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Saturday, May 12
SOFTBALL Muhlenberg 6, York 1; Salisbury State 6, Muhlenberg 0. Muhlenberg came within one win of advancing to the championship game of the Atlantic Regional of the NCAA Tournament, but was eliminated by top-seeded Salisbury State. In the first game, junior Angie Tyson pitched a three-hitter and freshman Jaclyn Maser drove in five runs as Muhlenberg avenged its opening-game loss to York. Tyson carried a shutout into the sixth inning against a team that entered with a .351 batting average. Maser drove in her runs on an infield grounder in the first, a two-run single in the second and a two-run double in the fourth. Against Salisbury State, freshman Danielle DeLucia allowed only six hits and two earned runs, but the Mules could not get their offense going. Freshman Becki Toth had two of Muhlenberg’s six hits. DeLucia, Toth and freshman Amanda Ibey were named to the All-Regional team.
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TRACK AND FIELD at Larry Ellis Invitational (Princeton). Senior Katrina Beck became Muhlenberg’s second automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championships by clearing 1.69 meters (5 feet, 6½ inches). Beck, who finished sixth at the meet, bettered her previous mark of 1.66 meters, which was near the top of the provisional list. The automatic standard is 1.68. Beck’s leap also tied the Centennial Conference record.

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Last updated May 12, 2001