Seven Mule Softball Players Named to All-CC Team

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
 

After a record-setting season, the Muhlenberg softball team continued to make its mark on the record book in the postseason awards season, landing seven players on the All-Centennial Conference team – matching the all-time program high set in 2001.

Kelsey Jones Sophomore Kelsey Jones was named CC co-pitcher of the year and was joined by junior Erica Wenzel (second base) on the first team. Senior Devon Barber (outfield), junior Kelly Kline (first base), sophomore Alyssa Schell (utility) and freshman Brittany Dzieciolowski (catcher) earned second-team honors, while freshman Taylor Trifiolis (outfield) received honorable mention.

Erica Wenzel Jones (right) is the fourth Mule hurler to be named pitcher of the year, and the first since 2001. She was spotless in CC regular-season play, winning all nine of her starts and compiling a 1.42 ERA.

Overall, Jones finished with a 17-4 record and a 2.51 ERA, setting school records for wins and innings pitched (150.1) in a season and tying the mark for complete games (20). She pitched four shutouts, including a record-tying 10-inning effort against Haverford, a four-hitter against McDaniel in the CC playoffs and a perfect game against Misericordia. Jones struck out 123 hitters, the second-highest single-season total in program history.

Wenzel (left) made the All-CC squad for the third consecutive year. It was her second straight time on the first team after earning second-team honors as a freshman. She hit .273 overall and was third on the Mules in both runs scored (27) and RBI (23).

Wenzel tied a school record with six RBI in one game and struck out only twice in 58 CC plate appearances. She recorded her 100th career hit during the season and ended the campaign one short of 100 runs.

 

 

All-CC second team and honorable mention

Dzieciolowski (above, far left) was Muhlenberg’s second-leading hitter in 2013, batting .359 with two home runs and 24 RBI. The Mules’ first freshman catcher to earn All-CC honors since 1996, she hit a team-best .396 with 14 RBI in CC games.

Barber (above, second from left) moved up to the second team after receiving honorable mention last year. She hit .282 overall but .347 in CC games and tied for second in the league with 17 stolen bases. Barber finished her career as the Mules’ all-time leader with 115 runs scored, and she also ranks third in CC history with 67 career stolen bases.

Kline (above, center), the 2012 CC player of the year, hit .412 with six home runs and a CC-leading 42 RBI. She tied for the league lead with 17 RBI in CC games. Kline became Muhlenberg’s all-time leader in extra-base hits (53) and RBI (118) during the season while widening her lead in home runs (21).

Schell (above, second from right) split her time between outfield and designated player and hit .324 with a home run and 14 RBI. The Mules’ leadoff hitter for much of the season, she was fourth on the team with 21 runs scored.

Trifiolis (above, far right) hit .280 in her rookie campaign and was fourth on the team with 19 RBI. Her lone home run was a timely three-run shot that turned the tide in a CC game against Franklin & Marshall.

Muhlenberg finished the season with a record of 31-9-1, setting a College record for wins by any sport, and won the CC regular-season title by four games with a 14-2 mark. The Mules defeated five teams (Coe, DeSales, Finlandia, Lebanon Valley and Washington College) that went on to earn NCAA Tournament bids.
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