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2000 Spring Sports Update

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For the Week of April 10 to April 16
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
The Muhlenberg softball team will sponsor its annual “Fan Appreciation Night” on Monday, April 17. Prizes to be raffled off during the 6:00 doubleheader against Messiah include:
• Philadelphia Phillies tickets
• Reading Phillies tickets
• Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons tickets
• $35 gift certificate to Carrabba’s
• Beanie Baby (“Glory”)
• Nike jacket
• Easton cap
• Billabong bag
• Russell Athletic bag
• Muhlenberg t-shirts and athletic gear

Also, fans will have the opportunity to win prizes by playing “Softball Bingo” throughout the night.

The Muhlenberg men’s tennis and softball teams are both in contention for the Centennial Conference championship.

The tennis team suffered its first CC loss of the season at Johns Hopkins on April 15. The Mules are still only one match behind six-time defending champ Washington. The two schools are scheduled to face each other at Muhlenberg on Wednesday, April 26. Standings through matches of April 15:
              CC    All
Washington    5-0    8-4
MUHLENBERG    4-1    8-3
Johns Hopkins 4-1    5-3
F & M         4-2    7-5
Haverford     5-3    8-5
Gettysburg    3-2    7-3
Dickinson     1-6    4-7
Western Md.   1-6    1-8
Ursinus       0-6    0-6

Muhlenberg softball moved into a four-way tie for first by sweeping three straight doubleheaders. The Mules, who finished a game out of first in 1999, have already split with defending champion Gettysburg. The CC champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Standings through games of April 15:
              CC    All
MUHLENBERG    7-1   11-13
Gettysburg    7-1   16-1
Western Md.   7-1   16-3
Ursinus       8-2   28-8
Dickinson     4-6   13-11
F & M         4-6   13-15
Washington    3-7    7-15
Swarthmore    0-6    2-15
Haverford     0-10   5-23

The two top arms on the Muhlenberg softball team, sophomore Angie Tyson (right) and senior Heather Dreby, both received pitcher of the week honors after combining to allow one earned run and only 14 hits in 28 innings. Tyson, honored by the Centennial Conference, tossed back-to-back shutouts against Dickinson and Franklin & Marshall, extending her streak to 23 innings without allowing an earned run. Dreby, the ECAC South pitcher of the week, struck out a career-high 12 against Dickinson and blanked Franklin & Marshall on four hits. The three consecutive shutouts pitched by these two tied a school record set in 1991.

Tuesday, April 11
SOFTBALL vs. Swarthmore, rained out
BASEBALL vs. Dickinson, rained out
LACROSSE Muhlenberg 18, Bryn Mawr 6. Freshman Lynsey Caldwell scored six goals and junior Miruna Lovin added five, including the 100th of her career, as Muhlenberg snapped its four-game losing streak. The game was tied, 3-3, early in the first half, but the Mules went on an 8-0 over the next 33 minutes and held a comfortable lead the rest of the way. Lovin scored her milestone goal with 1:50 to play and also became the first player in team history to record 40 or more points in three different seasons. Click here for box score.
WOMEN’S TENNIS Swarthmore 6, Muhlenberg 3. Junior No. 1 player Kerri Waldowski returned to action after missing two weeks with an ankle injury and teamed up with freshman Shannon Rorick for a doubles win. Junior Marissa Lutzer and senior Kristin Cahayla also won as the Mules captured two of three doubles matches. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, April 12
SOFTBALL vs. Swarthmore, postponed
BASEBALL Muhlenberg 18, Dickinson 15. The Mules came back from deficits of 2-0, 3-2, 12-8 and 15-12 to win for the fifth time in their last six games. Every player in the starting lineup had at least one hit and drove in at least one run. Junior David Wolf went 4-for-4 to lead the 20-hit attack and had two of Muhlenberg's school record-tying six doubles. It was 15-12 Dickinson heading into the bottom of the seventh, but the Mules put up six runs to take the lead for good. Sophomore Ben Leisawitz singled in the tying run and sophomore Joshua Carter knocked in the go-ahead run. Juniors Marcus Mattielli and James Barski each had three hits and a pair of RBI. Click here for box score.
WOMEN’S GOLF finished fourth at Dickinson Invitational. Play at the Mayapple Golf Links was halted after nine holes due to the weather conditions. The Mules finished with a 254, one stroke behind Franklin & Marshall. Gettysburg was first with a 239, and Dickinson's team score was 242. Sophomore Kathryn Baker carded a 61 to tie for fifth.

Thursday, April 13
SOFTBALL Muhlenberg 8, Haverford 2; Muhlenberg 10, Haverford 2. Muhlenberg swept its third straight doubleheader to move into a four-way tie for first in the Centennial Conference. Senior Christine Biechy went 5-for-8 in the two games and got her 100th career hit on an RBI single in Game 2. In the first game, she had three hits, with an RBI triple in the sixth, and senior Melissa Nardi went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and one RBI. Senior Heather Dreby retired the first 10 batters and finished with a five-hitter. In the nightcap, Muhlenberg had a six-run fifth, matching its best inning of the season, and collected a season-high 15 hits. Sophomore Liz Kostelnick drove in three runs. Sophomore Angie Tyson allowed only four hits to pick up the win. Click here for box scores.
MEN’S TENNIS Muhlenberg 5, Moravian 2. The Mules put an end to their two-match losing streak by defeating the Greyhounds. The win gave Muhlenberg eight wins in a season for the first time since 1992. The win was a total team effort, as each Mule who played won at least one match. Muhlenberg picked up a point in the Matte Award standings, cutting Moravian's lead to 6-5. Click here for box score.

Friday, April 14
BASEBALL Muhlenberg 11, Dickinson 2. Sophomore Joshua Carter pitched eight innings of four-hit ball and senior Chuck Draper hit a three-run homer to lead Muhlenberg to its sixth win in the last seven games. Carter took a no-hitter into the sixth and finished with a career-high eight strikeouts. Draper's blast capped a four-run fifth inning and gave him 101 career RBI, just two short of the school record. Freshman Justin Rubenstein went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs for the Mules, while junior David Wolf also had three hits. Click here for box score.
MEN’S GOLF finished 2nd at Moravian Invitational. Junior Neil Dedhia led the way for the Mules with a three over par, 74 at Southmoore Golf Course. Sophomore Rich Jacobs also finished in the top 10, carding a 79. Click here for box score.

Saturday, April 15
SOFTBALL at Washington (Md.), rained out
BASEBALL Franklin & Marshall 7, Muhlenberg 6; Muhlenberg 9, Franklin & Marshall 6. Senior Chuck Draper became the Mules' all-time RBI leader and preserved the Game 2 win with a great catch in left field. A two-out, two-run single by sophomore Ben Leisawitz in the fifth put Muhlenberg ahead to stay in the second game. Draper drove in his record 104th career run with an infield grounder in the sixth. In the top of the seventh, the Diplomats got the tying run to the plate, but Draper caught the ball at the fence with his back to the plate, then doubled off a runner at second to end the game. Junior John Ziegler allowed three hits in 5-2/3 innings to earn his second straight win. In the first game, junior James Barski went 3-for-4. Sophomore Joshua Carter stole a base in each game, breaking the school record of 23 steals he set last season. Click here for box scores.
LACROSSE Gettysburg 14, Muhlenberg 7. The ninth-ranked team in the nation was too much for the Mules to handle. Gettysburg scored the first three goals of the game and never looked back. Muhlenberg held the Bullets two goals below their average thanks to the efforts of freshman Stephanie Ahrens, who made a career-high 18 saves. Junior Miruna Lovin recorded a hat trick, tying a school record by scoring a goal in her 20th consecutive game. Click here for box score.
WOMEN’S TENNIS Johns Hopkins 6, Muhlenberg 3. Freshman Shannon Rorick contributed to two of the Mules' three wins against the Blue Jays. The other was by junior Kerri Waldowski, playing her first singles match in three weeks. Click here for box score.
MEN’S TENNIS Johns Hopkins 4, Muhlenberg 3. The Mules suffered their first Centennial Conference loss of the season to fall into a second-place tie with Johns Hopkins. Freshmen Brad Scheller and Cameron Parke each won at singles and together at doubles. Scheller and junior No. 1 Robby Richman remained undefeated (5-0) in CC singles play for the season. Click here for box score.
TRACK & FIELD competed in Moravian Invitational. Junior Katrina Beck was Muhlenberg's lone first-place winner in a five-way non-scoring meet held in rainy conditions. Beck's 5-4 won the high jump for the second time in three weeks. Junior Laura Roth broke 5 minutes in the 1,500 meters, finishing fourth in 4:59.49. For the men, sophomore Jim Hayes, senior Ryan Smith and junior Justin Taylor went 2-3-4 in the javelin, and sophomore Will Elson ran a personal-best 1:57.64 in the 800 meters. In dual-meet scoring, Moravian defeated the Muhlenberg women (100-35) and the men (96-64) to take an 8-5 lead in the Matte Award standings. Click here for Muhlenberg highlights.

Sunday, April 16
MEN’S GOLF tied for 14th after first round of Cross Creek Golf Classic.

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Last updated April 16, 2000