Gulls' Mullinix opens with consecutive no-hitters


March 27, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Katie Mullinix seems to have everything to be successful that any pitcher would want.

The Salisbury senior has a relaxed attitude and confidence to use any of her six pitches at any time.

That combination helped her open the softball season by throwing back-to-back gems (no-hitter and perfect game) March 1 and March 2 that will earn her notice in Sports Illustrated's "Faces In The Crowd" section Monday.

"It was a great way to start the season," Mullinix said Tuesday night while on a break at her job at a Salisbury fitness gym. "It was our first games, and everybody was a little uncertain about how we'd play."

Never fear.

Mullinix simply junk-balled Gallaudet and Wesley into oblivion.

"I throw mostly all junk-balls because sooner or later, they're going to catch up to a fastball," she said. "You just have to move the ball around all the time and use every pitch."

Asked about her six-pitch repertoire, Mullinix became guarded. "I don't want to give away any of my secrets," said the North Carroll High alumna.

Looking at her nation-leading 35 victories (10 losses) and 1.07 ERA last season, and her 12-1 record this year, it's safe to say her secrets are all still hidden.

Mullinix marched into the NCAA Division III record books last season in games started (first with 46), innings pitched (third with 287.2), and complete games (fourth with 39).

The former designated hitter/outfielder can also smash the softball. She is hitting .378 for the Sea Gulls (19-2-1), after batting .369 last season with four home runs (second on team) and 34 RBIs. She earned third-team NCAA Division III All-America honors last season.

Mullinix pitched the Sea Gulls to fifth place in the D-III World Series in 2002 and believes Salisbury is better this year.

"I was the only pitcher last year, and my arm was tired in some games," she said. "We have an outstanding freshman pitcher [Lacey Lister] to give me some rest. That, along with having nearly everybody back, just might carry us all the way."

Jumpin' Jones

Indoors. Outdoors. It doesn't matter to Coppin State junior Kim Jones where she takes her long jump act.

She continues her assault on the school record books, eclipsing the outdoor long jump mark by nearly 2 feet Saturday at the Big Dawg Invitational at UMBC.

Jones took first place with a leap of 19 feet, 7 1/2 inches in the first outdoor meet of her Coppin career, a mark that qualified her for the NCAA East Regionals May 30-31 at George Mason. UMBC's Tyishua Johnson (18-1 3/4 ) was second.

Jones set a Coppin indoor long jump record (19-4) two weeks ago, taking fourth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships in Boston.

The Big Dawg Invitational saw four other Lady Eagles and the 400-meter relay team win.

Treska Baptiste (57.11 seconds at 400 meters), Nicole Brown (15.18, 100 hurdles), Janicia Charles (35-2 in triple jump), and CeCe Davis (24.98, 200 meters) were the individual winners.

Johns Hopkins senior All-America javelin thrower Kathy Darling took first at the Big Dawg, her 138-9 toss outdistancing everybody by more than 15 feet. Darling also won the discus with a throw of 148-8 1/4 .

Et cetera

The Johns Hopkins men's swimmers, led by senior Scott Armstrong's second in the 1,650 freestyle (15 minutes, 28.83 seconds), was second in the NCAA Division III swimming and diving championships with 384 1/2 points. ... Navy's Matt Albright took second-team All-America honors in both the small bore and air rifle competition at the NCAA championships last week at West Point, N.Y. The Navy air rifle team finished sixth out of eight teams in the NCAAs with 1,531 points. ... Morgan State freshman Jamila Taylor was named the Capital Classic Invitational's outstanding softball pitcher last weekend at Delaware State. Taylor had a 2-0 record, an ERA of 1.50 and 11 strikeouts as Morgan (4-7) compiled a 3-1 record in the tournament.

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