Another season has gone by, and there has still never been a Centennial
Conference softball tournament without Muhlenberg participating.
The Mules overcame an 0-3 conference start to finish 10-6 in league play
and make the playoffs for the fourth straight year. They defeated
top-seeded Ursinus in their first playoff game to advance to the
tournaments second day and finished third.
Including the playoffs, Muhlenberg was 21-12 for the season, winning 20
games for the
fourth time in the past six years and winning 10 for the 20th straight
season. The team won its first six games (for the first time since
1997) and later took 11 of its final 14
regular-season contests, including eight of its last 10 CC games.
From left to right, Maser, Dischino, DeLucia, Coach Ruth Gibbs,
Sarno, Toth and former teammate Amanda Ibey pose on Senior
Night. The senior Mules posted an 83-65 record and won two CC titles in
their four years,
their names are in the top 10 of almost every career batting, pitching and
fielding category of the Berg record book.
The Mules opened the season by winning four games in Florida, then
traveled to LaGrange, Ga., for the prestigious Leadoff Classic.
Muhlenberg split six games there all against teams that wound up
receiving bids to the NCAA Tournament.
The Mules were at their best in an 11-day stretch in April. They did not
allow a run in a sweep of Swarthmore at Patriots Park, then shut out
Washington (Md.) in the first game of a doubleheader and scored 16 runs on
17 hits in the second. They closed the run with a home sweep of eventual
CC champion McDaniel.
Senior Danielle DeLucia pitched three straight shutouts and was named CC
pitcher of the week, and freshman Nicole Washburn shut out McDaniel to
earn the same honor the following week.
Freshman Tina Roth started a five-game winning streak with an
extra-inning, three-run homer to break a 2-2 tie in the first game of
doubleheader sweep at Messiah. The Mules then swept Haverford and picked
up a 9-2 win over Cabrini on Senior Night.
Senior shortstop Becki Toth led the Mules with a .379 batting average and
ranks sixth in school history with a .387 career average and second with
149 hits. She and classmate Jackie Maser each earned a spot on the All-CC
Maser led the Mules with 24 RBI. She tied a school record with 13 doubles
in 2004, moving her into second
place in career two-baggers (32), extra-base hits (43) and total bases
(191). Playing third base, she also broke the school records for assists
in a season (108) and a career (343).
Centerfielder Nicole Sarno, who was second on the squad in hitting at
.361, ranks fourth in school history with 137 hits and fifth with 81 runs.
She led the team with 30 runs and four steals and struck out just five
times in 119 at-bats. Sarno was named to the All-East Region and
All-CC second teams.
DeLucia topped the pitching staff with eight wins. She finished up second
in Mule history with a 1.57 ERA and 13 shutouts and third with 41 wins and
271 strikeouts. Her catcher, senior Kate Dischino, wrapped up with a .976
career fielding percentage, the eighth-best in school history.
Sophomore Missy DeFrain played first base and made the All-CC second team
after hitting .330 with 18 RBI.