Morningside swept Doane to clinch at least a share of the GPAC softball championship.

Kati Steffen

Morningside clinched at least a share of the 2014 GPAC softball championship after it swept Doane 9-6 and 9-1 in five innings on Saturday in Crete, Neb.

The Mustangs finished their GPAC slate with a 15-5 record to open a one-half game lead over Northwestern (14-5) in the league standings. The Red Raiders can tie the Mustangs for the title with a win against last place Mount Marty on Monday. Morningside swept Northwestern when they met during the regular season.

Taylor Daas went two-for-three with a home run, double, and three RBIs to lead the Mustangs in the opener. Jordan Johnson also had two hits, including a home run, while Michelle Brockamp had two hits and Kayla Salonen slugged a double.

Jordan Johnson

Johnson scattered 11 hits in a complete game effort to get the pitching win. She walked three and struck out three,

The Mustangs put Doane away early in the second game when they scored three runs in each of the first three innings.

Johnson and Kati Steffen slugged back-to-back home runs in the first inning, Johnson had a two-run double in the second, and Daas slugged a RBI double to compliment RBI singles by Steffen and Kristina Neumann in the third.

Steffen’s first inning home run was her 11th of the season and the 37th of her Morningside career to tie a school record previously obtained by Mindi Prince and Kirsten Dargy.

After getting the pitching win in the opener, Johnson also pitched the nightcap. She allowed only one run on four hits to go along with two walks and one strikeout in the abbreviated five inning contest.

Steffen went three-for-three with a home run and three RBIs, while Johnson had a home run, double, and three RBIs.

Morningside will wrap up the regular season with a home non-conference doubleheader against Bellevue University on Monday.