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Saturday, April 19, 2003
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Senior Will Elson qualified for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in his second event by winning the 800 meters at the Leopard Invitational, hosted by Lafayette.

Elson’s time of 1:52.35 eclipsed the provisional qualifying standard of 1:53.10, although it did not break the school record of 1:51.21 he set two years ago. The automatic mark is 1:51.30. Elson provisionally qualified in the 1,500 last week at Messiah.

Elson also prevented two Muhlenberg runners from setting school records. Junior Brian Cash finished fourth in the 1,500 in 3:58.20, which would have broken the school record had not Elson run a 3:53.80 last week. Similarly, junior Rob Uniszkiewicz placed second in the 5,000 with a time (15:20.90) that is second only to the 15:02.32 Elson ran two weeks ago.

Sophomore Will Corbin set a personal record in the javelin, finishing sixth. Sophomore Ashlie Hankee missed her own school record in the 100 meters by five one-hundredths of a second.

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The Muhlenberg baseball team scored early and often to sweep a home doubleheader from Gettysburg (13-2 and 11-3), extend its unbeaten streak to seven and strengthen its Centennial Conference playoff hopes.

The Mules (18-8-1, 9-4-1), who are 10 games over .500 for the first time since the 1928 team finished 11-0, have a virtual two-game lead over the Bullets (13-12-2, 8-6-1) for the fourth and final CC playoff spot with one week remaining in the regular season. The top three teams in the standings – McDaniel (11-2-1), Johns Hopkins (9-2) and Ursinus (7-3-1) – also swept doubleheaders on Saturday.

The doubleheader sweep was the first for Muhlenberg against Gettysburg since 1994. It also marked the first time since 1994 that the Mules reached double digits in runs in both ends of a twinbill.

Just four days after scoring 10 runs in one inning against Ursinus, Muhlenberg erupted for nine runs in the first inning of Game 1. The Mules already had five runs in when senior Justin Rubenstein belted a two-out, two run single. Senior Ben Carr singled in the eighth run, then Rubenstein and Carr (who combined to throw out a runner at home plate in the top of the first) executed a double steal to cap the rally.

All but one Muhlenberg starter had a hit in the first game (six had two), and all but one drove in a run.

Sophomore Gregg Burkhart took a shutout into the seventh inning against a Gettysburg team that had averaged 13 runs in its previous five games.

The Mules also got a fine pitching performance in the nightcap, as junior Chris O’Connor twirled a four-hitter to become the fourth pitcher in team history to win five games in back-to-back seasons. After allowing a two-run homer in the third, O’Connor retired the next 10 batters on only 29 pitches.

Muhlenberg needed only two pitches to take a lead, as senior Justin Graf led off with a triple (extending his hitting streak to 11 games) and scored on Rubenstein’s sacrifice fly. Consecutive singles by Graf, Rubenstein and Carr in the second gave the Mules a 5-0 lead.

Rubenstein also singled in a run in the fifth, and Muhlenberg put the game away with four in the sixth. Freshman Ryan Jaxheimer, who went 3-for-4, had an RBI double and sophomore Aaron Regensburg delivered a two-run single.

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Last updated April 19, 2003