Softball Names Four Captains

Friday, February 7, 2014

Kelly Kline, Colleen O'Donnell, Erica Wenzel, Kelsey Jones Three seniors – Kelly Kline, Colleen O’Donnell and Erica Wenzel – and junior Kelsey Jones were named captains of the 2014 Muhlenberg softball team.

Kline (left) is coming off another exceptional season at first base. The 2012 Centennial Conference player of the year led the team in batting average (.412), home runs (6) and RBI (42) en route to All-CC second-team and All-East Region third-team honors. Kline is the program’s all-time leader in home runs (21), extra-base hits (53) and RBI (118).

O’Donnell (second from left) started all but three games a year ago. The versatile utility player hit .226 with a team-best nine doubles among her 26 hits. She scored 17 runs, drove in 11 and stole a pair of bags, and her bases-clearing double in the bottom of the 10th gave the Mules a walkoff win against defending CC champion McDaniel. O’Donnell is tied for third in program history with six home runs, and she ranks 10th in doubles (24) and 12th in runs scored (76).

Wenzel (second from right) started all 41 games for the Mules, landing on the All-CC first team for the second straight year after hitting .273 with 23 RBI, good for third on the team. She had eight doubles and a triple, and her only home run of the season was a grand slam. Wenzel ranks fourth all-time with 99 career runs scored, and her 2011 total of 40 is the school’s record for a single season.

Jones (right) turned in a stellar season at the head of Muhlenberg’s staff. The CC co-pitcher of the year finished 17-4 with a 2.51 ERA, setting school records for wins and innings pitched (150.1) in a season and tying the mark for complete games (20). She also tossed the first perfect game in program history, striking out 11 in a dominating performance against Misericordia. Jones was unblemished in CC play, going 9-0 with a 1.42 ERA.

The Mules are coming off one of the best seasons in the history of Muhlenberg athletics. They set a school record for all sports by winning 31 games, winning the CC regular-season crown by a record-tying four games with a 14-2 league mark and receiving votes in the national poll or the first time in more than 20 years. With six all-conference players back, Muhlenberg is looking for more of the same in 2014. The Mules open the season with games against St. Benedict and Ohio Northern on March 1, the kickoff to their spring trip to Clermont, Fla.