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Allentown, Pa.
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Saturday, February 23, 2002
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Junior Justin Graf hit a three-run triple to key a four-run fifth inning as the Muhlenberg baseball team opened its 2002 season with a doubleheader split at Washington & Lee.

The Mules took the first game, 7-5, for only their third season-opening win since 1979, then were no-hit by the Generals’ Dan Kagey in the nightcap, an 8-0 loss.

Muhlenberg held a 2-1 lead in the first game on RBI singles by seniors Benjamin Leisawitz and Mike Morris when freshman C.J. Kessler led off the fifth with his first career hit. After an infield hit by senior Joshua Carter and another single by junior Justin Rubenstein, Graf cleared the sacks with a blast to right-center. The next batter, junior Steve Rohn, brought in Graf with a sacrifice fly to make it 6-1.

W&L (2-3) closed to within 6-5 and had the tying run on second in the bottom of the sixth when junior Kevin Komeshok relieved Carter. Komeshok retired the final four batters to earn the save.

Rohn went 3-for-3 in the game, while Rubenstein also had a pair of hits.

The Mules managed only three baserunners in the second game. Freshman Gregg Burkhart pitched a scoreless sixth in his debut.

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The Muhlenberg men’s track and field team came in a program-best second to host Haverford at the
John Brodowski
Freshman John Brodowski tied for second in the high jump, set a school record while finishing second in the 55 hurdles, placed fifth in the long jump and ran on the record-setting 4x200-meter relay team.
Centennial Conference Indoor Championships.

The women placed seventh, matching their best finish of the last five years. The two teams combined to break eight school records and one meet record in the two-day event.

The previous best for the men had been third place last year. They had finished in last place the three years prior to that.

“We’re working our way up,” said sophomore jumper Joshua Boyer. “It was much harder to go from third to second than from eighth to third. We definitely had some pretty high expectations for this meet, and we all stepped up.”

Ironically, the Mules did not have a gold medalist, but they scored points in all but three of the 17 events – and only one senior (Christian Sharphouse in two of the relays) figured in the scoring.

“We’re a very well-balanced team,” noted Boyer, who tied for second in the high jump and came in second in the
Ashlie Hankee
Hankee’s gold medal was the first ever for a Muhlenberg female hurdler.
triple jump and sixth in the long jump. “I didn’t p.r. [set a personal record] in anything, but I was more happy that I got the points for the team. That’s all that really matters.”

For the women, freshman Ashlie Hankee earned the Mules’ second gold medal of the meet by winning the 55-meter hurdles. Classmate Meghan Douglas-Snyder had captured the pole vault on Friday.

The women’s team set school records in three of the four relays and also got a second-place finish from senior Nancy Kegelman in the shot put.

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Last updated February 23, 2002