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Softball Sweeps Swarthmore
Offense Erupts for 20 Runs and 32 Hits

Junior Amanda Ibey went 6-for-7 with two doubles and three RBI to lead the Muhlenberg softball team to its second straight Centennial Conference doubleheader sweep, 12-0 and 8-3 at Swarthmore.

The Mules (9-14, 8-2) pounded out 16 hits, including five for extra bases, in each game. They also got outstanding pitching efforts from junior Danielle DeLucia, who tossed a three-hitter for her first career shutout in the opener, and freshman Lindsay Ruhling, who scattered seven hits in the nightcap to earn her first career win.

Muhlenberg scored in all five innings of Game 1. After scoring a single run in each of the first two frames, the Mules extended their lead on a two-run double by Ibey in the third and a two-run single by senior Kelly Berg in the fourth.

Berg also singled in a run in the sixth-run fifth inning and finished 4-for-4, tying the school record for hits in a game.

Junior Nicole Sarno, who had three hits in the first game, led off Game 2 with a single and stole second, setting up a four-run inning. Senior Meghan Woods capped the rally with a triple and also had an RBI double in the fifth. Ibey and senior Kristen Best each went 3-for-4, and Berg doubled in two runs in the seventh.

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• Men’s Golf: Muhlenberg finished fifth out of 13 teams at the Gettysburg Spring Invitational. Senior Todd Scolnick shot an 80 in windy conditions to tie for seventh place. Click here for box score.

Mules Come Back from Four-Goal Deficit

The Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team overcame a four-goal second-half deficit to defeat McDaniel, 14-13, and tie the school record for wins in a season.

The win also improved the Mules’ Centennial Conference playoff hopes. Muhlenberg (7-5, 4-3) is vying with Ursinus (3-2) and Haverford (3-3) for the fourth and final CC playoff berth.

McDaniel (4-8, 3-5) took a 9-5 lead by scoring twice in the final 18 seconds of the first half and twice in the first 66 second of the second half. The Mules got two goals back to close to within 9-7, but the Green Terror scored back-to-back goals to open up an 11-7 edge with fewer than 15 minutes remaining.

Muhlenberg scored the next five goals – by five different players – in a span of 4:45 to take the lead. Senior Lynsey Caldwell tied the score with an unassisted goal with 8:53 on the clock, and senior Sarah Bowman circled around the cage to put the Mules on top a minute later.

One minute later, freshman Courtney Tapkas scored off a feed from sophomore Christa Carlstrand to give Muhlenberg a 13-11 lead. It was the seventh goal of the game for Tapkas, tying the school record for a freshman. (She had scored six goals in a game five times previously.) Tapkas also set school records for goals (55) and points (66) in a season during the game.

McDaniel ended the 6-0 run by scoring with 5:54 to play. The Green Terror won the ensuing draw and took a shot to tie the game, but it was saved by sophomore Diana Bleakley. The Mules ran down the clock on their next possession, finally taking a shot with just under two minutes to play. It was saved, but Bowman stick-checked the ball away from the goalie, then fed freshman Shannon Donohue in front of the net for what proved to be the game-winning goal.

McDaniel scored just 12 seconds later to make it 14-13 with 1:25 left, but the Muhlenberg defense prevented the Green Terror from taking a potential game-tying shot the rest of the way.

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Last updated April 17, 2003