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 Mike Falk
 Sports Information Director
 Muhlenberg College
 2400 Chew Street
 Allentown PA 18104

2005 Season Review:

The 2005 Muhlenberg softball team enjoyed a banner day on April 16. Playing on a sunny Saturday in front of dozens of alums and friends who came for the dedication of their new home field, the Mules swept a doubleheader from Washington, coming from behind in extra innings to win
Ally Ogden
Senior Ally Ogden pitched a one-hit shutout against Penn State-Behrend and tossed a six-hitter against Haverford to win her final career start.
the nightcap, 5-4, in the bottom of the ninth.

Unfortunately, days like that were few and far between for Muhlenberg. After a promising 6-3 start in Florida, the Mules finished with a 14-19 record and failed to qualify for the Centennial Conference playoffs for the first time.

The playoff race came down to the final day of the season. Muhlenberg needed to sweep a doubleheader at Haverford to reach the playoffs, but fell in the first game, 1-0 in nine innings. Close losses were a culprit the entire CC season, as seven of the Mules’ 10 league losses were by one run or two, three of them in extra innings.

By winning 14 games, the softball program reached double digits in victories for the 21st consecutive year, tying the school record for all sports achieved twice by men’s basketball.

Sophomore Nicole Washburn established herself as the ace of the staff the second half of the season, allowing no more than two earned runs in six of her final seven starts. She went 4-3 with a 1.86 ERA during that span, and the Mules were shut out in all three losses. Included in the stretch were back-to-back
Becki Toth
Toth finished her career with 182 hits. On the Mules’ all-time lists, she tied for fourth in runs scored (85) and was ninth in batting average (.366).
shutout wins, including a one-hitter against Swarthmore. Washburn finished 5-8 with a 2.93 ERA and earned second-team All-CC honors.

Freshman Katie Vecchione had a promising season on the mound, going 4-1 with a team-leading 2.38 ERA and walking only two batters in 35.1 innings.

Shortstop Becki Toth came back for a fifth season to provide a veteran presence on a team that was otherwise very inexperienced. She hit .295 and earned All-CC honorable mention – her fourth time on the all-conference team. Toth became the program’s all-time hits leader when she singled leading off the Washington doubleheader and capped that banner day by knocking in the winning run in the second game.

Junior Kristina Cartolano led the team with a .352 batting average, while classmate Lindsay Ruhling had her best season, hitting .283 with eight doubles and 14 RBI. Junior Missy DeFrain drove in a team-best 20 runs.

Among sophomores in their first season as starters, Hilary Marinchak hit .270 with nine RBI, Tina Roth smacked a team-leading nine doubles, and Katie Olson led the squad with 18 runs scored.

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