Four Mules Named to All-CC Softball Team

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Two young softball stars joined two decorated veterans on the All-Centennial Conference team.

Kelly Kline Muhlenberg senior Kelly Kline and junior Kelsey Jones each earned first-team recognition for the second time, while sophomore Nicole Iannarone made the second team and classmate Brittany Dzieciolowski received honorable mention.

Kline (right) earned all-conference laurels for the third time in her storied career after leading the Mules in batting average (.415), home runs (9), RBI (34), runs scored (33) and walks (29). She had a .526 on-base percentage in CC games and led the league in overall slugging percentage (.764) and on-base percentage (.551) while tying for the lead in home runs. Through games of last Sunday, she ranked 22nd in Division III in on-base percentage.

Kelsey Jones A career .394 hitter, the powerful first baseman finished her 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). Kline, the CC player of the year in 2012 and an all-region honoree in both 2012 and 2013, is one third of the winningest senior class in Muhlenberg athletic history, with 100 victories over the past four years.

Jones (left) landed on the first team for the second consecutive season, becoming the first Mule hurler to earn back-to-back All-CC first-team nods. The 2013 pitcher of the year was 14-4 with a 1.39 ERA, which ranked third in the league. The right-hander went 7-1 with a minuscule 0.91 ERA in conference play and finished the season with five shutouts, giving her 11 for her career. She allowed more than one run in only one of her 10 starts (regular season and postseason) against CC opponents.

All 18 starts ended in complete games for Jones, who will enter her senior season ranked third in team history in strikeouts (276), fourth in wins (40), fifth in complete games (52) and sixth in innings pitched (393.1).

Nicole Iannarone Brittany Dzieciolowski Iannarone (left) burst onto the scene after a rookie season in which she recorded just 27 at-bats. The speedy outfielder finished third on the team with a .329 average. Iannarone, who drove in eight runs, had all five of her doubles and hit .467 in CC play – good for second in the league – to go along with a CC-best .590 on-base percentage. She also stole a team-high 11 bases and tied for the lead in sacrifices (6). Iannarone finished second on the Mules in walks (17) and on-base percentage (.473).

Dzieciolowski (right) followed a standout freshman season with a strong sophomore campaign, landing on the all-conference team for the second straight year after earning a second-team nod last season. The catcher helped solidify the middle of the Mules’ order, hitting .289 with two home runs (both in CC play) and 10 RBI. Dzieciolowski also added four doubles and drew 13 walks.

Muhlenberg finished the season with a record of 25-13, winning the CC regular-season title and hosting the conference tournament for the second year in a row.
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