Softball 2014 Season Review

 

 

Kelly Kline
Kline, who finished the season 16th in Division III in on-base percentage, ranks second all-time in runs scored, just eight behind Wenzel. She is also a close second in walks (82) and putouts (1,191).
The number 100 holds special significance in a variety of sports. For the 2014 Muhlenberg softball team, the century mark took on a whole new meaning – one that has never been seen before.

The Mules finished 25-13, winning the Centennial Conference regular-season crown and hosting the conference tournament for the second year in a row, and their last victory accomplished a unique piece of history.

With the season on the line, senior Kelly Kline delivered a walkoff two-run single that gave the Mules a 2-1 win over McDaniel and staved off elimination. It was only fitting that a senior played the hero; the victory was the 100th in the career of Kline, Colleen O’Donnell and Erica Wenzel, the winningest class in Muhlenberg athletic history.

Though a promising campaign, which saw the Mules defeat The College of New Jersey for the first time ever, receive votes in the national poll and climb to No. 4 in the NCAA regional rankings, ended in the championship series against Haverford, their decorated group of veterans made sure they will never be forgotten.

Erica Wenzel
Wenzel also finished fifth in team history in hits (156), doubles (29) and total bases (204), eighth in extra-base hits (37) and walks (53) and third in assists (300).
Kline turned in another remarkable season, leading the Mules in batting average (.415), home runs (9), RBI (34), runs scored (33) and walks (29) en route to her second selection to the All-CC first team and a second-team All-East Region nod, becoming the fourth player in program history to receive all-region recognition at least three times. She paced the league in slugging percentage (.764) and on-base percentage (.551) while tying for the lead in home runs.

Kline, who ended her career with a .394 average, concluded her Mule tenure as the program’s all-time leader in hits (183), doubles (38), home runs (30), extra-base hits (71), total bases (317), slugging percentage (.683) and RBI (152).

Wenzel was fourth on the team in batting average (.315) and second in runs scored (27) in another strong campaign. The third baseman eclipsed the program’s all-time runs record, crossing the plate 126 times in her career.

O’Donnell, meanwhile, landed inside the top 10 in runs (87), doubles (26) and home runs (6) and recorded her 100th career hit in a doubleheader sweep of defending CC champion Washington College.

Sophomores Nicole Iannarone and Brittany Dzieciolowski took their place among the CC elite. Iannarone, who recorded just 27 at-bats as a rookie, hit .329 this season, good for third on the team. The speedy outfielder was at her best in league play, was second in the CC with a .467 average and led the conference with a .590 on-base percentage, helping her earn second-team All-CC honors. Dzieciolowski solidified the middle of the order, producing a .289 average and a pair of home runs to receive honorable mention from the CC.

Fellow sophomore Taylor Trifiolis posted a banner year of her own, finishing second on the team in batting average (.344) and tying for the lead in RBI (34). She also hit her first career grand slam against Swarthmore and scored 20 runs.

Colleen O'Donnell
O'Donnell finished her career with 113 hits and 48 RBI.
Junior Alyssa Schell proved a potent leadoff hitter, posting a .306 average and 14 RBI. Schell hit both of her homers in the first game against Misericordia, becoming just the sixth different Mule with a multi-homer performance, and went over the 100-hit mark for her career.

The Mules were once again able to rely on premium pitching.

Junior Kelsey Jones became the first pitcher in team history to earn back-to-back All-CC first-team laurels with another dominant season. The right-hander went 14-4 with a 1.39 ERA, good for third in the league. That number dropped to just 0.91 in conference play, and Jones turned in five shutouts to bump her career total to 11. Jones, who allowed more than one run in only one of her 10 starts against CC opponents, will enter her senior season third in team history in strikeouts (276), fourth in wins (40), fifth in complete games (52) and sixth in innings pitched (393.1).

Junior Heather Porrini grew into a reliable second starter on the mound. Porrini was 10-8 with a 3.28 ERA in her first year as a full-time starter, and also orchestrated one of the season’s most memorable moments when she tossed the 10th no-hitter in program history to complete the sweep of Washington.

Sophomore Alexis Giovinazzo started all 38 games and provided superb infield defense, while classmate Amie DeFeo scored 10 runs and had four doubles in 34 appearances in the outfield.

Junior Jaimie Klotz made 31 starts in the outfield, driving in 11 runs and finishing second on the team with five stolen bases.