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Men’s Tennis Seniors Win in Home Finale

Seniors Jeff Kraft and Mitchell Reading, playing in their final home match, were winners together as a doubles team and in singles play to help the Muhlenberg men’s tennis team to a come-from-behind 5-2 win against Ursinus.

The Mules (5-5, 2-4) dropped the doubles point to the Bears (5-12, 0-7), but won five of six singles matches. It was the first time they came back to win after losing doubles in a spring match since 2001, and the first time they ever won five singles matches after conceding the doubles point.

Kraft and Reading, playing together for the first time this spring, breezed to an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles, but Ursinus won second and third doubles, including a close 8-6 match at No. 2.

Junior Brad Gutwillig, who was part of the second doubles team, rebounded to play an excellent singles match, winning 6-0, 6-2. After wins by Kraft and Reading, freshman Jesse Kirschenbaum clinched the match with a 7-5, 6-3 victory at fifth singles.

Junior Adam Nodiff put the icing on the cake by coming back to win his singles match in three sets.

Kraft and Reading are both 7-3 in singles play this spring and have now combined for 150 career wins.

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Two days after giving up 24 runs and 28 hits to McDaniel, the Muhlenberg baseball team got to see the other side, scoring 23 runs on a school-record 27 hits to defeat Dickinson, 23-2.

The 27 hits topped the previous record of 25 set three times previously, most recently in a 1997 game against Swarthmore. The 23 runs were the most scored by the Mules (14-10, 6-7) since that Swarthmore game, when they set
A.J. Bettini
Sophomore A.J. Bettini, who entered the day tied for the Centennial Conference lead in batting in league games, went 2-for-3 to raise that average to .450.
a school record for runs in a 29-3 win.

Muhlenberg’s offense was spread throughout the order, as 13 different players had hits and 12 drove in runs. Of the 27 hits, 24 were singles.

Junior Matt Tobia and freshman Joe Carlo had four hits and drove in three runs apiece. Senior C.J. Kessler and sophomore Ryan Sassaman each went 3-for-5, and junior James Petersen scored four runs.

The Mules scored 16 runs in the middle three innings to take a 20-1 lead. Six consecutive batters reached base in the six-run fourth, which featured RBI singles by Tobia and Carlo, a bases-loaded walk to Petersen and a two-run double by junior Chad Hegstrom.

Muhlenberg had its first seven batters reached base safely en route to scoring eight runs in the sixth. Petersen hit a two-run double and Tobia had two singles in the big frame.

Senior Pete Lankarge, normally the Mules’ closer, even got into the act, hitting an RBI double in the ninth in his second career plate appearance.

The offense was more than enough for sophomore Eric Wolfer, who allowed no earned runs and four hits in six innings to pick up the win in his first career start.

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Last updated April 19, 2005