Athletics: Softball

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History:

From humble beginnings in 1979, the Muhlenberg softball program has Muhlenberg softball established a tradition of athletic and academic excellence. From 1985 to 2006, the Mules reached double digits in wins for 22 straight years — the longest streak in College history for any team.

In those 22 seasons, the team compiled a record of 399-306 for an outstanding winning percentage of .566. From 1989 to 1992, the squad became the first in Muhlenberg athletic history to win 20 or more in four consecutive seasons, averaging 24.5 wins a season in that span and earning frequent national rankings. The Mules earned NCAA Tournament bids each of those years, making it to the regional final in 1989, 1990 and 1991.

Muhlenberg returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2000 after winning its first Centennial Conference championship and repeated in 2001, finishing third in the Atlantic Regional of the NCAAs. The Mules captured additional CC titles in 2003, 2009 and 2011.

The softball program continued to pave new ground in 2013, winning 31 games - the most in College history by any sport.

Several Muhlenberg players have made their mark on the Division III record books. In 1991, Elaine Gratrix led the country in strikeouts (202) and strikeouts per seven innings (9.4). She still ranks among the all-time leaders in several categories. In 1999, Ali Hatola became one of a handful of Division III players to steal 100 career bases.

Since 1981, Muhlenberg is proud to have seen 88 all-conference and 28 all-region selections, five Academic All-Americans and one NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient.