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The home baseball game against DeSales displaced by Monday’s makeup doubleheader at Johns Hopkins has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 3, at 3:30.

Women’s Golf Finishes Third; Men’s Golf Seventh Through 36 Holes
Softball Stays Alive for Playoffs

Sophomore Kristen Amore shot a 96 in the final round to lead the Mules to a third-place finish at the Centennial Conference Championships in York, Pa.

Amore’s second-round score, coupled with her 98 in Saturday’s opening round gave her a total score of 194, the best two-day score by a Muhlenberg women’s golfer at the Centennial Conference Championships ever. She had the sixth-best score in the tournament. Amore and freshman Dana Bielecki just missed earning All-Centennial Conference honors. Bielecki carded a 98 in her second round and finished with a two-day total of 197 to place seventh.

Muhlenberg had its lowest team score in program history at a CC meet. Collectively, the Mules carded an 829, which is 48 strokes less than their previous best 36-hole score at the CC Championships (877 last year). Including this weekend, Muhlenberg shot a 423 or better in five of its seven rounds of golf this spring. The fewest strokes that it had taken the Mules to finish a round before this season was 424.

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Muhlenberg remains in seventh place after the second day of the men’s tournament.

Junior Brian Farrelly shot an 80 and his two-day total of 163 is the top performance by a Muhlenberg golfer through 36 holes. After an opening day in which the top seven teams were separated by 28 shots, things tightened up on day 2. The Mules had the second-highest score of the round but were only eight shots behind Ursinus and McDaniel, which both shot second-round 320s to lead the field.

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Despite a pair of close losses at McDaniel, 1-0 and 7-5 in nine innings, the Muhlenberg softball team remains in contention for a Centennial Conference playoff berth.

The Mules (13-18, 5-9) can clinch the fourth and final spot if they sweep Haverford in Tuesday’s makeup doubleheader.

Held to one run in its last five CC games, Muhlenberg broke out with five runs and 12 hits in the nightcap, coming back from a 5-1 deficit to force extra innings. Sophomore Hilary Marinchak went 3-for-5 with a career-high three RBI, doubling in two runs in the fourth to cut the gap to 5-3.

The next inning, an RBI single by senior Becki Toth and a bases-loaded walk to junior Andrea Cohen tied the score. The Mules had a golden opportunity to go ahead in the top of the seventh, loading the bases with nobody out, but the next three batters grounded out without a run scoring. The Green Terror (18-15, 11-3) won the game on a walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth.

In the first game, senior Ally Ogden allowed nine hits but allowed only one run, thanks in part to Marinchak, who threw out a runner at home plate from center in the second. Muhlenberg managed only four hits, however, and advanced only one runner to third, with two out in the sixth.

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Schmidt Falls in CC Final

Junior Amy Schmidt of the Muhlenberg women’s tennis reached the final of the Centennial Conference Individual Championships, but was defeated by a Swarthmore player for the second straight year.

After winning two 6-0, 6-0 matches to advance to the semifinals, Schmidt was not at her best on the tournament’s final day, making an uncharacteristic number on unforced errors and struggling to hold serve.

In the semifinal match against Washington’s Allison Daciek, the third seed, neither player could seem to hold serve. Each was broken three times in the first set, the final time when Daciek served for the set with a 5-4 lead. Schmidt eventually prevailed in a tiebreaker, 7-1.

The two players broke each other seven straight games in the second set.
Amy Schmidt
Including doubles play, Schmidt is a combined 35-3 this season and has a career record of 90-16.
Twice, Schmidt overcame 40-0 deficits by reeling off five points in a row, the second time to take a 5-4 lead. The next game epitomized both players’ difficulty in closing, as they went to five deuces. Schmidt had three match points before finally winning when Daciek’s shot went wide.

The championship pitted Schmidt, ranked sixth in the Atlantic South region, against Swarthmore’s Sonya Reynolds, ranked seventh. The first time the two played, Schmidt won easily, 6-1, 6-2. This match was one-sided also, but this time Reynolds was the winner, 6-0, 6-1.

The loss was Schmidt’s first in singles play since last year’s CC final. With a record of 19-1, she will be considered for the NCAA Division III Championships. Bids are scheduled to be announced on May 9, with the tournament slated for May 21-23 at Kalamazoo, Mich.

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