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2000 Spring Sports Update

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For the Week of March 6 to March 12
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics

Monday, March 6
BASEBALL Muhlenberg 11, Lebanon Valley 8. Sophomore Joshua Carter went 4-for-5, including three extra-base hits, drove in three runs and pitched six solid innings to earn his first career win as Muhlenberg improved to 2-1 on its Florida trip. After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first, the Mules scored six two-out runs in the bottom of the inning, the big hits being two-run doubles by Carter and senior Chris Moraitis. Carter also doubled in a run in the third to make in 7-2. After the Dutchmen closed to within a run, junior David Wolf led off the sixth with his first home run of the season. Triples by Carter and senior Chuck Draper in the seventh helped give Muhlenberg some breathing room. Sophomore Benjamin Leisawitz pitched the final three innings to earn his first career save. Click here for box score.

Tuesday, March 7
SOFTBALL Lake Forest 11, Muhlenberg 10; Muhlenberg 4, Bluffton 0. Senior Heather Dreby pitched a one-hit shutout in the nightcap to lead Muhlenberg to its first win of the season. Dreby struck out five and allowed only a leadoff single in the second inning. She got all the offense she would need in the third, when a double by freshman Kelly Berg and a triple by senior Christine Biechy helped plate two runs. In the opener, the Mules came back from a 10-2 deficit in the final three innings, only to lose in the first extra inning. Freshman Meghan Woods began the comeback with her first career hit, a two-run double in the fifth, and sophomore Angie Tyson tied the score in the top of the seventh with an RBI single to left. Biechy had another triple. Click here for box scores.
BASEBALL Mount St. Clare 19, Muhlenberg 17. The Mules scored in every inning but one and nearly came all the way back from a 10-run deficit in this wild game in windy Homestead, Fla. Mount St. Clare belted three home runs in the first four innings to open up a 15-5 lead. Then freshman Sunil Bangali came in to pitch and restored some semblance of order, allowing only one run in his final four innings. Muhlenberg trailed, 19-13, with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the ninth, but senior Chuck Draper blasted a three-run homer — the 11th of his career — to cap a four-run outburst. The Mules were not able to get the tying run to the plate, however. Sophomore Benjamin Leisawitz led a 16-hit attack with a 4-for-5 day, while sophomore Joshua Carter was 3-for-6 with a double and triple. Junior Michael Cirillo also drove in three runs. Click here for box score.
MEN’S GOLF finished 17 at Northwood Invitational. The Mules went from hitting tennis balls in the gymnasium to a respectable outdoor showing at the Northwood Invitational in Palm Beach, Fla. Muhlenberg finished ahead of four Florida teams and were just one stroke behind Division I Loyola (Ill.). Junior Matt Berman shot a 77 in the first round and led the Mules with a 36-hole total of 162. Sophomore Kevin FitzPatrick and senior Matt Deibert each carded a 79 the second day. Click here for complete results.

Wednesday, March 8
BASEBALL Muhlenberg 7, Wentworth Tech 6. The Mules scored seven runs in the top of the first, then barely held on when Wentworth scored a single run in each of six innings. Sophomore Benjamin Leisawitz earned his first career win, striking out six and allowing four hits in a five-inning relief stint. Muhlenberg combined three hits, four errors, a passed ball and three wild pitches in the first. Sophomore Joshua Carter went 2-for-5 and had three of the Mules' eight stolen bases. Click here for box score.

Thursday, March 9
SOFTBALL Muhlenberg 9, Alfred 1; Anderson 7, Muhlenberg 5. The Mules closed their trip to Flordia with a 2-4 record by splitting a pair of games. Freshman Kelly Berg tied a school record with three stolen bases and smacked a two-run double in the opener. Senior Heather Dreby tossed a three-hitter for her second straight win. Seniors Melissa Nardi and Cristina Genna had a pair of hits apiece. Nardi and Christine Biechy each went 3-for-4 to lead a 14-hit Muhlenberg attack in the second game. Click here for box scores.
BASEBALL Coast Guard 3, Muhlenberg 2. Senior Chuck Draper became the school's all-time hits leader and junior Tim Haberbusch pitched his third straight complete game, but it wasn't enough as the Mules dropped a pitchers' duel. Draper's fourth-inning infield single gave him 143 career hits, one more than Dave Tritto (1985-88) had. Haberbusch scattered 10 hits, struck out seven (including the 100th of his career) and picked off two runners in his nine-inning effort. Muhlenberg scored runs in the fourth and seventh on an RBI double by sophomore Benjamin Leisawitz and a run-scoring hit by junior Marcus Mattielli, respectively, but had the potential tying run thrown out at the plate to end the game. Click here for box score.

Friday, March 10
BASEBALL Olivet 16, Muhlenberg 6. Olivet batted around in the third and fifth innings en route to sending Muhlenberg to its second straight loss. Junior James Barski and sophomore Mike Morris each went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI for the Mules. Freshman Kevin Komeshok was impressive in long relief, allowing only two unearned runs over the final four innings of the game. Click here for box score.

Saturday, March 11
BASEBALL Muhlenberg 3, Albertus Magnus 1; Drew 8, Muhlenberg 7. The Mules wrapped up their trip to Florida by splitting a pair of close games. In the opener, sophomore Joshua Carter pitched a three-hitter and tripled in the go-ahead runs with two outs in the fifth. Back-to-back doubles by senior Chuck Draper and junior David Wolf provided an insurance run in the sixth. The two-bagger was the school record-tying 24th of Draper's career. Carter allowed only one infield single after the first and struck out five. An infield error with two outs in the bottom of the ninth allowed the winning run to score against Drew. Senior Chris Moraitis went 4-for-5 with two doubles and became the 18th member of Muhlenberg's 100-hit club. Click here for box scores.

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Last updated March 13, 2000