Kline Named Softball Player of the Year; Barber, Wenzel Honored

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Kelly Kline After spending the season striking fear in opposing Centennial Conference pitchers, sophomore Kelly Kline of the Muhlenberg softball team has received the utmost respect from the conference’s coaches.

On the heels of her record-setting season, Kline (right) became the third straight Mule to be named the conference’s player of the year. She was joined on the all-conference first team by classmate Erica Wenzel. Junior Devon Barber picked up her first career All-CC recognition, earning honorable mention. Devon Barber and Erica Wenzel

One of just three unanimous first-team selections, Kline is the fifth Muhlenberg player, and just the second underclassman ever to earn player of the year honors. The first baseman currently ranks in the top 10 in the country in slugging percentage (3rd), RBI per game (6th) and home runs per game (8th), and in the top 25 in on-base percentage (17th) and batting average (25th ).

Kline broke the conference mark for home runs in a season (12) and posted the second-best totals for RBI, total bases and slugging percentage, all while winning the conference batting crown (.478). She also shattered the school records for single-season home runs, extra-base hits (26, old record 20), total bases (105, old record 93) and slugging percentage (.929, old record .882) and tied the mark for RBI (51).

Her 12 home runs this season were one short of the school’s career record, which she also broke after just two seasons. In all, she finished the year in the top 10 in school history in 10 different single-season categories.

Wenzel (bottom left) picked up the second all-conference honor of her career after raising her batting average by 100 points from a year ago and finishing second on the team in batting and runs scored.

A 2011 second-team selection at second base, she ranks amongst the conference leaders in average (11th, .369), runs scored (t-6th, 32), triples (t-6th, 3), hits (7th, 48) and assists (7th, 74). She is just the second player in school history to score at least 30 runs in a season twice and already ranks in the top 15 on the Mule career runs scored list.

Barber (top left) earned all-conference recognition after a career year in which she set single-season highs for batting average (.339), hits (39), doubles (8), triples (3) and RBI (20).

She finished in the top ten in the CC in steals (t-6th, 9), triples (t-6th), walks (8th, 17) and runs scored (9th, 28). She became just the 25th Mule to record 100 career hits this season and ranks second on the school’s career steals list with 49 and seventh in runs scored with 81.
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